The issue of giving councillors tablets came up during todays city authority council meeting in Entebbe when many reports and papers being discussed were not availed to councillors. The proposal was initiated by Central Division mayor Charles Sserunjogi arguing that it will save money and improve efficiency.
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director Jennifer Musisi has agreed to give tablets to city authority councillors on loan and recover the money from their allowance.
For KCCA staff, Musisi said they have to contact gadgets (tablets) suppliers, negotiate cost, pay and deduct payment from the staff salary. She said the same process will be followed when procuring tablets for councillors who wish to get tablets.
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The issue of giving councillors tablets came up during today's city authority council meeting in Entebbe when many reports and papers being discussed were not availed to councillors. The proposal was initiated by Central Division mayor Charles Sserunjogi arguing that it will save money and improve efficiency.
“Our council needs to improve on technology, our councillors need to be given tablets so that these reports can be availed in soft copies to improve on efficiency, effectiveness and organisation,” Sserunjogi proposed.
But Musisi rejected the proposal to foot the bill saying KCCA has only about three tablets and has no money to foot the bill for every councillor's gadget. She instead advised councillors to use their smartphones to read reports.
“All of you have phones which can work as computers, you can use them. We don't buy tablets for directors; they have to buy their own. If you have a smartphone, that is a computer where we can send documents,” Musisi argued.
But deputy Lord Mayor Sarah Kanyike told Musisi that there are councillors who have no smartphones. Musisi responded; “I don't know if there is any councillor who can send WhatsApp messages on Kabiriti. Let's be serious.”
Nakawa division councillor Mugisha Okwera called for what he called a win-win situation where KCCA would buy tablets and deduct money from councillors' allowances which was adopted. He said it is timely and vital for councillors to get tablets.
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However, the proposal to buy tablets on loan was rejected by Makerere University councillor Doreen Nyanjura. Musisi has also been tasked to provide internet in the councillors' Chamber so that they do research during session debates.