Kampala Mayor Ntege Ssebagala has hit back at Kampala City Council Councilors calling them detractors whose aim is to undermine his plans for the City.
A group of Kampala city Councilors led by the Makerere University LC V councilor, Bernard Luyiga, recently accused the mayor of acting arbitrarily in the award of contracts and tender awards in the city.
The councillors were particularly irked by the way the tender to redevelop and manage the Centenary Park land, was granted to a private foreign investor for the construction of a five stories hotel.
The councillors also demanded to know why the Pioneer Easy Bus project, has never taken off. Ssebagala launched the project last year and promised that it would manage traffic, which is a menace in the City with visible traffic jams.
But During a heated council session last evening, Ssebagala accused Luyiga of tarnishing his image and uttering malicious statements against his personality.
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Yesterday, Luyiga backed by some councillors planned to move a vote of no confidence against the mayor. But his efforts were thwarted after the Council Speaker Shiffrah Lukwago, approved a proposal by some councilors, to scrap the item from the day's agenda.
The Council session was held amid tension with visible security presence within and outside the Council Chambers. The gallery parked with the Youth Brigade, a vigilante group established by Ssebagala, who kept on chanting as Ssebagala gave his speech. They were however cautioned by the Speaker to refrain from interrupting the council session or quit the chambers.
The Council Speaker was at one point forced to order two men who were standing adjacent to the KCC Executive officials, to leave the chambers following complaints from some councillors.