Opinion: The Kampala Conundrum with Musisi, Kamya, Lukwago and even Katongole!
As the NBS Frontline tonight shows is the bitter fight of political power in Kampala. Something that President Museveni wants to see. He wants the city to be in a limbo and less results of progress as the Opposition. The citizens of Kampala votes for opposition leaders and he doesn’t have loyalty amongst them. He even tried to bring a populist in Ragga Dee aka Daniel Kyeyune Kazibwe. This backfired!
Well, today wasn’t a new show as the one of called amends with Kampala politics didn’t get that. The other ghost in the room where the Presidential Advisor for Kampala Singh Katongole; whatever he does he does inform the President and might advise him on the potholes in Nakawa or so. But if it is a job just giving to loyalist of Museveni and live the good life like “Minister without Portfolio” than the people of Kampala and the whole Republic is being fooled to pay taxes to pay for job; which initially isn’t a job. Why hire Mr. Sing Katongole into a job if there aren’t any work, aye?
All of this is happening after, the aftermath of General Election of 2016, where the Kampala and Wakiso voter was discarded and disfranchised during the Presidential and MPs vote; as the Electoral Commission wasn’t delivering voting material on time and wasn’t interested in giving the locals any time to vote after the “sudden” screw-up from the Dr. Badru Kiggundu Commission this instance.
With this in mind you already have a hostile environment between the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Dr. Jennifer Musisi who has always liked to be selected and handpicked by Museveni to an honourable position. Well, because she doesn’t have the heart to be elected by a constituency. Uganda Federal Alliance President and MP Betti Kamya who talked briefly and went in on the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago like he was his pupil; since she just continued where the other. Before he had the ability to address her over a stream; this happens because NBS TV wouldn’t like to have the two politicians in heavy discussion. Since NBS had already the natural moderator in Norbert Mao there in the studio.
Hon. Betti Kamya want to lead the ship since she has a cabinet position, that she was given when she wanted to give up her faith in real politics and lose her credibility to suck-up to President. Many might say it in nicer words, but she came from the desert and into a feast. Therefore she acts fierce and force likes the NRM mouthpiece Ofwono Opondo who had to give in his sentiments. An when a so-called opposition sounds like a “semi-automatic Opondo” it is time to give in the UFA party and call it “NRM-Light”.
Also Betti Kamya wants to continue the depressive train of dissolution of the Cabinet Minster running Kampala; because of the way Hon. Frank Tumbewaze impeached the Lord Mayor and went full front political battle where he with the mercy of his Executive used the NRM machinery and court trials to demote the opposition Lord Mayor of Kampala.
There already an issue of who does what on the top of the hierarchy of the Capital City in Uganda, as the Executive Director of KCCA Musisi feels she has reasons to run and appointed to work for the city. The same is with the Cabinet Minister of Kamya now who feels she has special place as she is a Minister and Parliamentarian who are appointed to oversee the City. Whatever the Presidential Advisor of Kampala does or don’t is not really the question as he hasn’t made a word in public since the appointment Mr. Katongole. Lastly it is the elected and not appointed by Presidential decree, Lord Mayor Lukwago. He also should have a place and also authority, not only these who are selected and handpicked by the Central Government to run and oversee the city.
There are many hands, there are even more constituencies and Local Councillors who has agendas down to the grassroots where the citizens live day to day. All the leaders on top will have egos, but also certain degree of righteous reason to work and hopefully live-up to the potential of their positions.
There we’re talk of making amendments to the KCCA act last year that we’re shuffled, the newly elected Cabinet Minister Kamya want to review it and put into Parliament again. KCCA Act of 2010 says this about the Mayor: “The functions of the Lord Mayor are to (A) be the political head of the Capital City” (KCCA ACT 2010 Part III Section 9). So whatever role the other positions says the current law is clear on this point as the KCCA shall be judiciary and policy maker. Then about the Executive Director the law says: “(2)The executive director shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Public Service Commission” (…) “(3) A person shall qualify to be appointed executive director if he or she is of high moral character and proven integrity, and is qualified to be appointed a Permanent Secretary in Government Ministry” (KCCA ACT 2010 Part III Section 17). The importance of the Executive is that the President appoints and that the person is qualified to an extent. The role of Executive Director does this: “to be the head of the public service in the Authority and to head the administration of the Authority, including divisions and wards” (…) “to be responsible for the management of all public funds of the Authority and accountable to Parliament” (…) “be responsible for coordination and implementation of national and council policies, laws, regulations, byelaws, programmes and projects” (…) “advise the mayor and Authority on Government policy” (KCCA ACT 2010 Part III Section 19). With this law text proves that the Head, the Lord Mayor are the Political Head, but the Executive Director are the one that implement and advise the mayor. That means that this law has by some definition done what can be seen as a coup d’état of any elected Mayor of Kampala.
The Coup d’état is that the Lord Mayor Lukwago can be advised by Executive Director Musisi after the KCCA ACT of 2010 can act as proprietor of the City without a doubt. The Political Head isn’t directed by this to do anything in particular other than run the KCCA meeting as funny laughing secretary of KCCA, being the ceremonial leader of the city and monitor, but the implementing factor is Musisi. This is the coup of Parliament in 2010. We can now see that this law hurts the ones that are not loyal to Museveni and his NRM; who could before get somebody who we’re a gullible leader as Lord Mayor who could just creep around and grabbing brown envelopes instead of working!
The reason for the trouble is the many hands and the evident program to silence the Lord Mayor who seemingly getting elected somebody who is opposition. Something Museveni doesn’t accept therefore they did this to control the area and make sure the NRM got their way. So the Musisi, Kamya and Lukwago fighting will continue and if he get impeached or tried to get him to vacate the office during the 10th Parliament term. Please, don’t be surprised as one of the longest parts of the KCCA ACT 2010 is actually Part III Section 12 that should show what was important for the legislators at the time. It is 2 pages long! Show’s the valid grounds for usage of this part of law compared to the rest of the law.
So the conundrum for Kampala continues and will be like this as long as Museveni and his Regime keeps the capital run like this. He wants in-fighting to weaken the leadership so he can control it with strawmen instead of elected men or woman. They can be corrupted something that is harder for a elected man who feels responsible for his constituency and the citizens as the rigged leaders and corrupt leaders are loyal to head whom pays them. Peace.