The Rubaga division councilor, Abubaker Kawalya has been elected the first Speaker of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) council after garnering 17 out of 32 votes.
He was elected earlier today in KCCA council meeting that was chaired by the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.
Kawalya who is a member Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and affiliated to people power, beat FDC candidate Doreen Nyanjura who represents Makerere University and Muhammad Ssegirinya who represents Kawempe division at KCCA.
Nyanjura polled 14 as Muhammad Ssegirinya garnered one vote. There were no invalid votes.
On November 28, 2019, President Yoweri Museveni assented to the Kampala Capital City (Amendment) Act, 2019. The Act, 2019 under sections 8A and 29A established the offices of Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the Authority and Division Urban Councils respectively.
Under the amended Act, the functions of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker shall be presiding over all meetings of the Council, be charged with the overall authority for the preservation of order in the Council and ensuring the enforcement of the rules of procedure of Council.