Tempers flare at KCCA over Beti Kamya’s directive

Tempers flare at KCCA over Beti Kamya directive
KCCA directors were blocked from leaving council meeting

There was drama at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Thursday morning when councilors blocked directors from leaving council room for alleged failure to respond to their queries.

It all started when technocrats led by the acting KCCA Executive Director and Director of Education and Social Services, Juliet Namuddu refused to participate in the council meeting citing a letter from the Kampala Minister, Beti Olive Kamya.

The councilors had convened to continue with a council meeting that started on January 15th, 2018. “Resumed meetings are not provided for in the law that is the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). The only category of meeting provided for is ordinary and special meetings. Any scheduled meeting can only be referred to/called in accordance with the KCCA Act,” Kamya’s January 25th letter reads.

Adding that, “Therefore any meeting called outside the provision of the law is null and void…I shall not hesitate to nullify outcomes of the meeting called outside the law.” Kamya’s letter came minutes after the council meeting; chaired by the Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwaga had kicked off.

Kamya said she is carrying out an evaluation of all the Authority and Urban Council meetings that have taken place since May 2016 to establish how relevant they have been to service delivery, which is the core function of the Authority.

As technocrats stood up to leave, Councillors blocked the door. Drama ensued when the councilors attempted to block the security officers who tried to rush into the council hall to rescue the directors, saying the matters being discussed had nothing to do with security.

The Councillors argued that by leaving the meeting, the technocrats were abdicating their role of serving the people of Kampala in favor of the Kampala Minister.

The councilors held the officials hostage for close one hour until Lukwago deferred the meeting to Monday. The meeting couldn’t proceed because the clerks are also part of the technical wing.

They immediately removed their gowns when told the meeting was null and void. Lukwago described the development as unfortunate and an attempt by Kamya to usurp the will of the people.