KCCA appears before the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises. (COSASE)
Kampala Capital City Authority officials led by the acting Executive Director Andrew Kitaka appeared before the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) to respond to the audit queries for financial year 2016/2017.
The committee tasked KCCA to explain why they had failed to collect 34 billion shillings in property and ground rent in the FY 2016/2017. Mr Andrew Kitaka in response submitted a list of the defaulters to the Committee. The committee was concerned that Parliament was among the list of government entities that owed KCCA UGX 16 billion in ground rent and property rates for the FY 2016/2017. Among other government entities included in the list was Uganda Police Force headquarters and National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC
Hon. Munyagwa who is the chair of COSASE called upon KCCA to heed to the Auditor General’s advice to waive the debts which had been outstanding for a long time. Mr Kitaka in response assured the committee that they had taken note of the advice and promised to work on it. He however, clarified that KCCA had since reduced the said arrears to UGX 22 billion in property rates and Shillings 12.4 billion in ground rent.
Hon. Ibrahim Kasozi asked Andrew Kitaka whether he was aware of the brutality by the KCCA law enforcement officers towards the hawkers and other defaulters. The committee wondered why the KCCA did not apply the same force while collecting ground rent and property rates from government institutions and other defaulters. Mr Andrew Kitaka in response, told the committee that the new leadership at KCCA was working hard towards eliminating many of those bad practises like brutality.