9 August 2011

Uganda: KCCA Boss Jennifer Musisi Receives Death Threats

The executive director says she has survived a number of attempts to kill her, including a failed plot to poison her at office.

Appearing before the Parliament's Presidential and Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Mr Musisi says she is in trouble apparently for implementing the law to the letter. "There is one time, when through my (office) messenger, some people wanted to poison me, she tells MPs. "But we are willing to pay the price because we want to see a new Authority."

Musisi claims she is resisting advice from close family members and friends to resign in order to avoid being snuffed out. Without giving names, Ms Musisi alleges many prominent politicians have been turning up at her office and asking her not to attach certain buildings that KCCA has condemned or might in the near future. She says that certain "armed persons" regularly turn up at her office as well to intimidate her.

The ED reveals that preliminary report of on-going investigations activities of Kampala City Council, the precursor to KCCA, show City Hall has no publicly known bank accounts. She says the KCC accounts cited in the press to hold Shs. 51bn were deliberately kept secret by former KCC officials who "regularly swindle money from those accounts".

"There are some people who were entrusted to collect revenue on behalf of KCC. Ms. Musisi says that however the findings so far indicate that they are a cartel of persons who are collecting the taxes and depositing them on private bank accounts because they are not definitely identified. Consequently, KCCA officials are unable to tell who is in charge of collecting revenue from the public toilet system, for example.

Speaking before the committee that had summoned her to explain, among other matters, the high salaries reportedly received by her aides, Musisi said that she is simply a victim of the KCCA act. She said that she is the only technical person who has so far been appointed and approved. More technical members are supposed to be appointed by Minister responsible for Kampala. However such a minister has yet to be appointed.

Ms. Musisi is still locked in a meeting with the MPs.

More details to follow as the story unfolds...

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