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"The Voices of Kampala leaders are shut because the councilors through which their voices can be amplified are not operating. The Electorates need answers but we cannot authoritatively speak since we do not meet,” wrote the petitioners
KCCA Acting Executive Director Andrew Kitaka. Internet Photo
The office of the Speaker Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has called off a special council sitting that was scheduled to take place this morning. On April 6th, 2020, Abubakar Kawalya, the KCCA Speaker called for a Special council sitting to discuss an April 1st petition filed by 14 councilors.    

The petitioners included the Nakawa 1 councilor Moses Okwera, Nakawa 2’s Kennedy Okello, Makerere University’s Doreen Nyanjura, Lubaga South’s Ismail Ddumba and Kyambogo University Women Councilor Oliver Namazzi.  The councilor said they needed a special sitting to deliberate the plight of Kampala people amidst the COVID19 pandemic. 

"The Voices of Kampala leaders are shut because the councilors through which their voices can be amplified are not operating. The Electorates need answers but we cannot authoritatively speak since we do not meet,” wrote the petitioners.  They also argued that they needed to share ideas and get joint solutions to the plight of the people of Kampala as regards to their social-economic well-being because of the prevailing challenges related to the implementation of the COVID 19 preventive measures.   

However, the Deputy KCCA Speaker, Bruhan Byaruhanga told URN this morning that the sitting had been called off until further notice. It comes a few hours after the acting KCCA ED, Andrew Kitaka advised the speaker to suspend the sitting until further notice since the Kampala Minister has suspended all sittings in a bid to control the spread of the Corona Virus.

On March 27th, the Kampala Minister, Betty Amongi suspended all council sittings at the Authority and the five divisions of Kampala for a period of two weeks on grounds that councilors come from different places and meeting in one place would be risky.

Although the two weeks elapsed on April 8, Kitaka asked the meeting be postponed until government lifts restrictions on meetings and the Minister guides on the same. Uganda has 53 confirmed COVID19 cases. Government has issued several guidelines including a ban on public gatherings, travels in and out of Uganda to control the spread of the pandemic.  

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