Jennifer Musisi officially handed over office as the executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) despite President Yoweri Museveni failing to respond to her resignation letter submitted earlier this year.
Musisi who has been at the helm of KCCA for the past seven years handed in her resignation letter on October 15, but according to the minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs Beti Olive Kamya, Museveni is yet to respond to the letter.
Musisi was the first accounting officer of the authority established in 2011 following the enactment of KCCA Act, 2010. Kamya said she is waiting for the directive from the president on what happens next at City Hall.
Kamya's revelation that she has not received any communication from the president in regard to Musisi resignation is ostensibly a bluff to this week's media reports that she had started scrutinising names of officials expected to replace Musisi.
Kamya applauded Musisi for a stellar performance in transforming Kampala city during her tenure. She said Musisi's "works are visible to everyone" and added that the smooth running of the institution will continue even in the absence of the substantive executive director.
Kamya handed over files she received from Musisi to officials from the office of auditor general who was in attendance during the handover for verification.
KCCA has no substantive deputy executive director following the resignation of Dr Judith Tumusiime two years ago. Musisi first appointed KCCA director for engineering and technical services Eng. Andrew Kitaka as the acting deputy executive director and later director for revenue Sam Sserunkuma who is still in an acting capacity.
The president who also wields the powers of appointing the KCCA deputy executive director has never confirmed any these staff who were recommended by Musisi. Being the pivot of the city management, the office of the executive director requires the presence of an acting official.
Kamya neither appointed an acting official nor said she will be acting but stated that there will be an answer by Monday.
In her resignation letter, Musisi said KCCA is inadequately staffed and poorly remunerated. She argued that KCCA has not received the necessary political support to transform the city through improvement plans. A number of KCCA staff are on short term contracts at city hall.
There is chilling anxiety among technical staff at KCCA in regard to what will happen to them. Asked about corridor talks of looming termination of contracts for technical staff, Kamya assured that no one will be sacked.