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KCCA Councilors Eye Speaker's Seat

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.
09 Dec 2019 18:02

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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 from councilors.

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 speaker.