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 committee 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.
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.