8 November 2012

Uganda: Musisi Has a Dangerous Disorder, Says Lukwago

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said the executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Jennifer Musisi, is suffering from exaggerated self-importance, which he called a dangerous disorder only curable by Musisi's appointing authority.

A furious Lukwago came to this conclusion during an Authority meeting on Wednesday, where Musisi and all technical staff, including the clerk to Council, Reuben Kamoga, who was supposed to record minutes, were conspicuously absent without apology. The meeting had been called to handle issues concerning accountability in KCCA, as well as the Kampala green belt, but ended up discussing Musisi.

"I've never seen an accounting officer who spends billions of shillings without policymakers' approval, and when called to explain, she defies [the summons] with impunity," Lukwago told the meeting. "From her behaviour, I have discovered that the ED is suffering from a disorder of exaggerated sense of importance, which calls for the quick attention of her appointing authority."

Kampala Central division mayor Godfrey Nyakana, said that besides Musisi being arrogant and undisciplined, her academic qualifications and experience are not suitable for her office, which he said requires a more senior officer at the rank of permanent secretary, with experience in managing big government institutions.

Musisi is a lawyer and administrator, and was, prior to moving to KCCA, the commissioner of Legal and Board Affairs at the Uganda Revenue Authority. An NRM councillor, Baker Sserwamba, re-tabled a previous proposal to petition President Museveni to replace Musisi.

Ida Nakuya (female youth councillor, NRM) seconded the proposal and urged council members to see to it that Musisi is removed from KCCA for defying the Authority's resolutions.

Before adjourning the meeting to Tuesday, Lukwago agreed to draft a petition to President Museveni, demanding that that Musisi is recalled. The petition will be copied to the Speaker of Parliament and the minister in charge of Kampala.

"I have adjourned this Authority meeting for a week to allow you, either individually or collectively, come up with a solution on how the executive director and all other directors can be tamed; and how to discipline the clerk to council. If the matter is not resolved [on Tuesday], I will not hesitate to adjourn the meeting and send you to an early Christmas holiday to allow us consult the electorate," Lukwago said.

Prior to the meeting, the councillors had to sweep the chambers, as it was very dirty and there were no cleaners to attend to it. There were also no technicians to operate the gadgets in the chambers, or tea staff, and councillors had to do without refreshments and microphones for the duration of the meeting, which started at 10am and ended at about 3:30pm.

Although Musisi recently reportedly wrote to Lukwago saying she would not attend any more Authority meetings, KCCA's spokesman, Peter Kauju, told The Observer that the ED was absent on Wednesday because she was attending another meeting at Parliament, where she had been summoned over operations of the Pioneer Easy Bus company and other matters.

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