The war between the minister of Kampala, Beti Kamya and KCCA executive director, Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi has escalated after the former accused the latter of being a populist and poor manager.
Speaking on CBS FM morning talk show, parliament yaffe, which is moderated by Meddie Nsereko, Kamya said Musisi has lost direction.
“Musisi has become a populist; you discuss something and then she rushes to leak it to the media. We meet every Monday; us the two ministers, the undersecretary, Musisi and her team. There is always an opportunity for her to ask anything she wants but when you bypass those channels and instead run to do your work from the media, then you’ve become a politician,” Kamya said.
“That populism can’t take us anywhere; I don’t fight petty wars but what I don’t want is populism,” she added.
On reports that 58 KCCA workers have been sacked ever since Musisi’s term was renewed less than a month ago, Kamya said, it can’t be that all of them are incompetent.
“Whenever there is a high staff turnover in an organization, just know there is a problem with management. The main role of a manager is to create a conducive/favourable working environment for your workers. That’s when you can get the best out of them,” Kamya said.
SOURCE OF FEUD
The feud between the two has roots in the 2015 KCCA (Amendment) Bill that was recently tabled before parliament by Kampala junior minister Benny Namugwanya Bugembe.
On top of clipping the powers and influence of the mayor, and the executive director, the bill also reasserts the minister as the most dominant person in the city.
According to the object of the bill, the amendments are intended to streamline and strengthen the governance of the capital city in accordance with Article 5(4) of the Constitution that places the management of Kampala in the hands of the central government.
“The Bill therefore seeks to amend the Kampala Capital City Act 2010, to address the apparent clash of roles and to reassert the powers of the central government in the administration of Kampala Capital City by vesting more powers in the minister who is a representative of the central government...” the bill reads in part.
MUSISI AGAINST BILL
In a letter that was leaked to the media, Musisi wonders how Kamya could table such a bill before parliament without hearing from the executive director’s team.
Kamya, however, denies the charge. She instead says Musisi’s legal team was represented throughout the drafting of the bill, until it reached parliament. The minister also accused Musisi of intrigue. She said even when they agree on a decision as a team, Musisi often turns around and denounces it the moment it backfires.
“All the issues I have dealt with like removing vendors from the streets, demolishing Park yard, streamlining taxi and boda boda operations, it was Musisi who invited me to handle them, saying they were too heavy for her because they involved police and politics,” Kamya said.
Unlike some leaders in Kampala, Kamya added she is no longer looking for money for survival but she simply wants to serve the people.
“All my children have completed school. I also don’t want to buy a plane; so, my job and my life now is to work for the people of Kampala. I just need support and less politics for me to do my work,” she said.
A fortnight ago, opposition-leaning leaders in Kampala led by the lord mayor Erias Lukwago vowed to do everything within their means to stop the bill from becoming law.
At a meeting convened to chart a way forward on how to confront the bill, Lukwago said if the proposed law is passed in its current form, elected leaders like himself would have no choice but to “pack our bags and go.”
“Even when they say that the provision of electing the lord mayor has been left; me and you [councilors] have to pack and go because we will not be doing anything but picking a salary. If the lord mayor has no power to do anything, what will the councilors do?” Lukwago asked.
KAYIHURA CAUSING INSECURITY
Meanwhile, Kamya has also accused the inspector general of police, Kale Kayihura of being behind insecurity in Kampala by meddling in the operations of boda bodas and taxis.
“IGP, you are one of the causes of insecurity in Kampala. Your people are beating up our people; one even lost an eye,” Kamya said. She revealed that those behind the beatings were released without charge.
“How do you release somebody who has removed another person’s eye? I’m very annoyed,” Kamya said.