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Jennifer Musisi Seeks Permission to Pay City Councilors and Mayors Allowances

Jennifer Musisi, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is seeking permission from the finance ministry to start paying city councilors and the lord mayors their salaries and allowances.
Jennifer Musisi, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is seeking permission from the finance ministry to start paying city councilors and the lord mayors their salaries and allowances. In her letter dated August 8 addressed to the minister of finance, Musisi proposes to pay the lord mayor a monthly salary of shillings 4.5 million and his deputy shillings 3.5 million.

 

 

She also proposes to pay each of the divisional mayors and their deputies shillings 3 million and 2 million respectively. Musisi also proposes to pay the Authority and divisional councilors shillings 1.4 million and 1 million respectively. In her letter, Musisi explains that city councilors have been carrying out their duties without any remuneration.

She explains that the political heads are required to carry outcertain duties that include among other, monitoring the general administration and provision of services in the divisions, as well as mobilizing the residents to pay local taxes and enact legislation for the proper management of the City. The KCCA act mandates the minister in charge of the city to determine the remuneration of city councilors in consultation with theFinance and Public Service ministry. However, Musisi’s letter has already attracted the attention of some legislators.

 

 

Betty Nambooze, Shadow Minister for Local Government says it is unfair for the city boss to propose such low allowances for the councilors and mayors while she awards colossal sums of money to herself and the transitional technical team. In May alone Musisi received 3 million shillings in allowances only for two weeks, and took out another shillings 11 million in June as allowances. Nambooze says it is unfair for the lord mayor to receive shillings 4.5 million while the driver of Musisi pockets 7 million shillings.

 

 

Two weeks ago, Erias Lukwago, Kampala Capital City Authority Lord mayor and divisional mayors petitioned Parliament to amend the KCCA act to streamline the roles of the mayor and Executive Director. They accused Musisi of crippling service delivery and blocking urban divisions from integrating their budgets into the authority’s budget. 

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