Kam­pala City Coun­cil Au­thor­ity Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor and Lord Mayor Erias Luk­wago have given con­flict­ing ac­counts re­gard­ing the au­thor­i­ty’s en­force­ment team.

The two were on Tues­day ap­pear­ing be­fore the com­mit­tee chaired by Ad­ju­mani Woman MP Jesca Ababiku (NRM) to ex­plain the cru­elty of the Au­thor­i­ty’s en­force­ment team.

Mr Luk­wago and his coun­ter­part, each re­ported to the comIMG-20171128-WA0002-696x391mit­tee with fin­gers di­rectly point­ing at one an­other for the cru­elty in the city.

Mr Luk­wago blamed the high hand­ed­ness to lack of a proper re­cruit­ment frame­work for the “en­force­ment of­fi­cers’ and the man­ner in which ac­tual re­cruit­ment is car­ried out.

“We have an en­force­ment unit that can be de­scribed as a mili­tia [be­cause] they are not held for their ac­tions,” he said.

How­ever, in her pre­sen­ta­tion, Mu­sisi said that the en­force­ment which was in­her­ited from the de­funct Kam­pala Cap­i­tal City, op­er­ates legally, along­side the Uganda Po­lice.

She also said that re­cruit­ment is done by the dis­trict ser­vice com­mis­sion and not di­rectly by the Au­thor­ity, and yet still, the of­fi­cers un­dergo rig­or­ous train­ing by the Uganda Po­lice.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor also dis­missed the claims of force­ful re­moval which she said was only used as a last re­sort, and that ar­rests are only con­ducted by po­lice.

She ac­cused the po­lit­i­cal wing of in­flu­enc­ing spon­ta­neous at­tacks on its of­fi­cers by what she called hooli­gans op­er­at­ing in down town Kam­pala.“Some lead­ers in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in­cite the pub­lic against KCCA En­force­ment staff as they carry out their du­ties,” she said.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor said that er­ros by its en­force­ment team are ex­ag­ger­ated by the me­dia with a lot of false al­le­ga­tions to tar­nish the au­thor­i­ty’s im­age.

MPs re­act

The Com­mit­tee chair, Jesca Ababiku cau­tioned the city lead­ers against ri­valry which she said will bear a risk on their bud­get.

“Your fail­ure to work as a team makes you the con­trib­u­tors to the prob­lems in Kam­pala,” Ms Ababiku said.

Mean­while, Makindye East MP, Ibrahim Ka­sozi (FDC) blamed the en­force­ment team for their cru­elty, call­ing them “heart­less and in­hu­man civil ser­vants,” while Ma­wogola County MP, Joseph Ssek­abi­ito said that the un­re­solved ri­valry leaves a lot to be de­sired.

“These of­fi­cials are likely to fail us be­cause of their dis­unity. We are here, re­ceiv­ing two re­ports from one body,” he said

Like Mr Ssek­abi­ito, Amuria dis­trict Woman MP Su­san Amero (NRM) said that the Au­thor­ity is break­ing at the cen­ter of a power strug­gle be­tween the Lord Mayor, the Min­is­ter for KCCA-Beti Kamya and Ms Mu­si­sis, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor.

“Whereas the Lord Mayor is meant to over­see leg­is­la­tion, he is also the judge; the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor is ap­pointed by the pres­i­dent and holds much power; so is the min­is­ter,” said Amero.