One of the councilors eyeing the new position is Abubaker Kawalya, the Lubaga North Councilor who currently chairs the Engineering Steering Committee. Kawalya told URN that he will offer himself for election and is ready to serve.
Several Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA
councilors are warming for election for the newly created post of speaker. This
comes day after President; Yoweri Museveni assenting to the Kampala Capital
City Authority- KCCA (Amendment) Act 2019.
The Kampala Minister Beti Kamya
revealed on December 6th, 2019 that president Museveni had assented
to the Act that passed by parliament in August. The act among other
amendments establishes the office of KCCA speaker and deputy speaker elected
One of the councilors eyeing the new position is Abubaker Kawalya, the Lubaga North Councilor who
currently chairs the Engineering Steering Committee. Kawalya told URN that he
will offer himself for election and is ready to serve.
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Kawalya observes that some of the challenges
that KCCA face partly emanate from the conflicts especially between the
political and technical wings. He says that apart from being a uniting leader,
he will be mindful of what people want.
He says that the new amendments in the Act that recognize
the Lord Mayor as the political head will instill sanity in KCCA officials. Kawalya
says KCCA needs a speaker who will restore the power of the people rather than
making them slaves to the central government.
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Doreen Nyanjura, the Makerere Woman Councilor
is also eyeing the new position. Nyanjura says that looking at the bitter relationship
between the political wing and the technical wings; she will devise means to
resolve challenges as they present.
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Councilor Doreen Sabuka, the Chairperson Revenue Collection
steering committee also told URN that she is ready for the job.
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Other aspirants are Muhammad Segirinyya, the Kawempe Division
councilor and Bruhan Byaruhanga from Kyambogo University. URN has learnt
that several members are also interested but some declined to speak on record,
saying they are still strategizing.
Others are afraid of a statement the Lord Mayor
made that they are excited about the position. The Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has thrown his
back behind Nyanjura giving reason of merit. Meanwhile council has started the transition already. KKCA has set January 13th, 2020 as the
tentative date to conduct elections for the speaker.
Lukwago said immediately
the Act is gazetted, he will invite a chief magistrate to conduct the elections. Council has also tasked the legal committee chairperson to
follow-up with the gazette and draft new guidelines of managing council sittings
just like the Lord Mayor had procedures to follow.
Lukwago also said he would write to political
parties represented in council about the positions of speaker and deputy