Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has no authority to call for the re-deployment of the head of law enforcement, Kituma Rusoke, minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs, Beti Kamya has said.
In a letter dated January 8, Kamya informed Lukwago that he is not mandated to implement authority resolutions because this is a preserve of the technical wing of Kampala Capital City Authority, headed by the executive director.
Kamya was responding to a letter that Lukwago wrote to the inspector general of police, calling for re-deployment of Rusoke.
KCCA council in 2017 passed a resolution calling for Kituma's transfer following the death of Olivia Basemera, a vendor who was running from law enforcement officers in Kampala. It was said Kituma was personally commanding the law enforcement team that was chasing Basemera when she fell in the Nakivubo channel.
"The obligation to implement lawful Authority resolutions is the preserve of the executive director in accordance with section 19(h) of Kampala Capital City Authority Act, 2010 and not the Lord Mayor or other extraneous authority," the response reads.
Lukwago in his New Year message said 2019 will be action-packed as they chase away all personnel, illegally occupying offices at City Hall. Lukwago said he had started with Kituma, by writing to the IGP asking for his immediate transfer.
"We have already written to the inspector general of police (IGP) first and foremost, asking him to recall his man, SSP Kituma Rusoke. We passed a resolution a long time ago, asking him to take back his man," Lukwago told journalists on, January 8, 2019.
"Kituma has no contract, he has no appointment letter. He came here as head of police that works here guarding us or our installations but he became head of law enforcement," he argued.
Lukwago opined that other police deployed at KCCA are transferred time and again but Kituma has been at City Hall illegally for over five years.