15 January 2013

Uganda: KCCA Logo Triggers New Fight

KCCA has come to symbolize a fight between the principals: Executive Director Jennifer Musisi and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

Lukwago and Musisi are so divided on the use of the new KCCA logo that they are using different logos on their official communications - Lukwago the old one and Musisi the rebranded KCCA logo. Although, legally, this might not present any problem, close KCCA watchers say, this may create confusion and room for fraud.

Using the new KCCA logo, on December 14, 2012, Musisi wrote to all KCCA councillors, deputy division mayors, division mayors, and the Lord Mayor. She informed them that she would be taking her annual leave effective December 17, 2012 and that her deputy, Dr Judith Tumusiime, would be performing her duties.

We have also seen Lukwago's letter dated December 10, 2012 to the Minister for the Presidency and KCCA Affairs, Frank Tumwebaze, drafted on the old KCC logo. Officials at Lukwago's office said the mayor was still awaiting a parliamentary resolution on the matter. Rebranding of KCCA is one of the issues Parliament is handling as part of a petition lodged by Lukwago.

City Lawyer Peter Walubiri said, in a recent interview, that unlike national symbols like the emblem and court of arms that have legal statutes establishing them, there is no provision in the KCCA Act that provides for logos. He said KCCA could be following the rules on logos that applied under KCC. Walubiri says that using different logos is prone to abuse.

"Lukwago does not print logos and letterheads, it's the administration. If the letterheads bearing the old logos get finished, it will sort itself out," he said.

KCCA started using the new brand on November 30, 2012 and accordingly informed the general public. The rebranding was, however, opposed by Lukwago, saying the authority wasn't consulted. He was later energized when Parliament ordered Musisi to halt the rebranding exercise pending an investigation.

However, in an earlier statement, KCCA defended the rebranding, saying it was necessary because legally the institution had changed with the enactment of the KCCA Act.

"The old image was associated with corruption, mismanagement, poor service delivery," the statement said.

KCCA Spokesperson Peter Kauju told The Observer that the KCCA would continue using the new logo, mission statement and values and tell the public about it.

Asked whether Lukwago's instance on using the old logo was illegal, he said: "It's not for me to judge."

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