Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director Jennifer Musisi has defied directives from KCCA minister Beti Olive Namisango Kamya to increase salaries of city councillors.
Recently, Kamya approved a 30-percent pay rise for the city lord mayor, deputy lord mayor, division mayors and all city councillors starting this financial year, but Musisi has rejected to effect the increment saying KCCA has no money.
Currently, the lord mayor earns a net pay of Shs 11.4 million, while division mayors take home Shs 7.15 million. KCCA councillors get Shs 3.15 million and division councillors earn Shs 2.3 million.
This publication spoke to KCCA councillors who revealed that they have received July salaries without any increment.
“I have received the same salary as I was receiving last financial year. I don’t know why our salaries were not increased as per the minister’s directive. I can’t speak publicly because this is a tricky issue,” one of the councillors told this publication.
In a July 24, 2017 letter to Musisi, minister Kamya argues that she is convinced KCCA is capable of meeting the remunerations proposed.
Quoting Section 77 of Kampala Capital City Act, 2010, Kamya says salary remunerations can only be determined by Kampala minister in consultation with Finance and Public Service ministries.
“Nowhere in the KCCA Act 2010 does the executive director, Kampala Capital City Authority have a role in determination of remunerations to be paid to the stated political leaders…you are reminded by the virtue of section 79 (2), (3) and (4) to give effect to any direction/ directive given by the minister…you are expected to implement the directive as communicated,” Kamya said.
KCCA publicist Peter Kaujju admits that her boss received Kamya’s directive which has not been implemented due to shortage of funds.
Kaujju said that they have penned a letter to ministry of Finance permanent secretary, Keith Muhakanizi, requesting for a supplementary budget to cater for city politicians’ pay rise.
Kaujju says available KCCA resources cannot allow Musisi to increase salaries of the councillors.
“The executive director wrote to the secretary of treasury requesting for a supplementary budget to cater for salaries of councillors. That is where we are now. I have not seen a response from the treasury secretary,” Kaujju says.