The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Kampala Minister Beti Olive Kamya are loggerheads after the latter cancelled the former’s trip to Malaysia for a World Bank conference that started on Wednesday.
The World Bank invited, paid for the Lord Mayor’s ticket and secured him a visa to the one-week World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that started on February 7.
But, according to sources Kamya, in a letter reportedly addressed to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director Jenifer Musisi, and without giving reasons for cancelling Lukwago’s trip wrote: “…his Worship the Lord Mayor for Kampala is not cleared to travel to Malaysia for a conference that is aimed at discussing various way of implementing urban programs.”
She then instead chose Kawempe Division Mayor Emmanuel Sserunjogi to represent the authority. By press time this website tried to contact Minister Kamya but her known number was off.
Over time Lukwago and Kamya have been bickering, with the minister accusing the Lord Mayor of retarding the development of Kampala by engaging in protests against some policies by KCCA.
Last year the two leaders clashed over the taking of KCCA councilors for leadership training in Kyankwazi, with Lukwago accusing Kamya of bribing the councilors with Shs7 billion, allegedly from President Yoweri Museveni, for them to support the removal of the presidential age limit.