City Councillors Pass Resolution to Withdrawal KCCA Amendment Bill

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On Monday, Namugwanya told council that the bill is no longer the property of the Ministry but parliament. She implored council to seek a meeting with the committee to present their views.

Kampala Capital City Authority council has passed a motion asking the Kampala minister to withdraw the KCCA amendment bill 2015 and hold a two day consultative meeting in July that will come up with a common stand on the amendments.

 
The KCCA councilors passed the resolution this morning. The meeting was a continuation of the council meeting, which flopped on Monday due to heightened tensions between the Division and Authority councilor over the KCCA amendment bill 2015.

 
In today's meeting, the councilors faulted the process of crafting the bill, without consulting the stakeholders. They also argued that the Kampala Minister has been issuing statements contradicting the bill such as on election of the Lord Mayor and Division mayors.

 
Although the bill proposes that the Lord Mayor and Division Mayors will be elected by the councilors, on Monday, Benny Namugwanya, the Kampala State Minister, said the officials will be elected by adult suffrage.
 
   
The Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago tabled a motion calling for the withdrawal of the bill, which was unanimously approved by the councilors with the exception of the Kyambogo university representative, Bruhani Byaruhanga. 


//Cue in…we impress it
Cue out…by the minister//

 
Byaruhanga argued that the councilors can send their views to the Presidential Affairs Committee, which is scrutinising the bill. On Monday, Namugwanya told council that the bill is no longer the property of the Ministry but parliament. She implored council to seek a meeting with the committee to present their views. 


As they called for the withdrawal of the bill, Uganda Law Society representative, Allan Nshimye warned the council that their resolution is not binding and persuasive.


"We all agree that there are defects in the law (2010) and bill (2015).  Our resolution is not binding and persuasive, my kind request to this house is, that we call the minister here to show justification for the bill, let us list our justification why the bill should be withdrawn. That is how we shall be seen as serious," Nshimye told the council.

 
The two day July consultative meeting will bring together legal experts who will interpret the current act for the councilors and guide them on what should be amended.  Today's meeting was held amid tight security.
 
 
Before being allowed to sit in the gallery, people were asked to present their identification cards. There were no division councilors in the gallery during today's council. The division councilors prompted the suspension of Monday meeting after applauding and heckling the city authority councilors' submissions. 
 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.