Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director Jenifer Musisi has this morning handed over office to Kampala Minister Beti Kamya. This comes exactly three months after her resignation which was handed to President Yoweri Museveni on October 15.
In her resignation, Musisi highlighted a number of challenges in the management of Kampala, that could h have triggered her premature departure from the authority.
Key among them is the unceasing bickering between the political and technical wing of KCCA, a revelation made at the heal of tensions and power struggles between the KCCA political wing led by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, the technical wing and Kampala Minister Beti Olive Kamya.
“One of the challenges has been to reconcile the competing interests between political perspectives/ decisions and the strategic plans of the KCCA technical team. Consequently, it has increasingly become difficult to achieve set targets,” Musisi said.
She equally pointed out the inadequate political support to the efforts of the KCCA technical team to transform Kampala, a result of which many planned city improvement plans have not received political support. Musisi also acknowledged that KCCA is unable to fully meet the government and public expectations in city development programmes and service delivery demands due to inadequate funding.
She added that KCCA has inadequate permanent staff on account of budget limitations, resulting in prolonged temporary terms of service and job insecurity. She adds that this trend has led to demotivation and high turnover of highly skilled staff.
Last year Jennifer Musisi told parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) that she would have declined the offer for the job if she had known what her job would entail.
The institution now awaits the appointment of a new Executive Director by President Museveni.