KCCA Too Dry To Pay Electricity, Salary Bills and Collect Garbage
By Serestino Tusingwire
Kampala Capital City Authority is reportedly so bankrupt to the extent that it cannot afford to pay salary for its employees, pay electricity bills and collect garbage from town.
In a letter dated January 2, addressed to Beti Kamya, the Kampala minister, KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi revealed that due to budget cuts, they are unable to pay Umeme, Shs739m plus some other bills.
“Electricity bills of Shs739.8 million remain unpaid and Umeme has notified us of their intention to disconnect our office premises and street lights in the city.” Letter reads in part.
“Because of the shortfall in funding, we have also not remitted Pay As You Earn (PAYE) worth Shs9bn for staff.” Musisi added in the letter.
That aside, Musisi added that the authority has challenges in meeting costs for waste management.
KCCA had approved Shs536.8 billion budget but government cut it to Shs314bn a move they say has hindered smooth running of business in the authority.
It’s from this point therefore that the council suspended the budget pending appearance of the minister for Kampala Betty Kamya to explain why the government cut the budget.