Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive director Jennifer Musisi has announced a shutdown of all technical operations of the authority.
The decision comes hours after high court nullified the impeachment of the City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago until a judicial review of a tribunal report that found the mayor guilty of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct is done.
Addressing the media this evening, Musisi said they had heard that there were efforts to mobilize the public to invade City hall supposedly to reinstall Lukwago into office.
She noted this poses a serious risk to KCCA staff and properties of the authority. The shut down takes immediate effect.
Earlier on Thursday, the High Court in Kampala ruled that embattled Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago be reinstated at City Hall pending determination of main application.
However, the Minister of in-charge of Kampala Frank Tumwebaze has written to the A.G for guidance on actions the councilors took on Monday.
This message was released on the Uganda Media Centre’s official twitter handle, hours after High Court Judge Yasin Nyanzi ruled that Lukwago be reinstated.
In a special council meeting chaired by Frank Tumwebaze, 29 councillors voted in favour of removing Mr Lukwago. Three councillors opposed the motion.
Thursday’s ruling quashed Monday’s decision by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) councilors to impeach the Mayor after the tribunal found him guilty of abuse of office, misconduct and incompetence.
Management of KCCA has been compelled to enforce a shutdown of all technical operations of the Authority.
This decision comes against the backdrop of several months of protracted politicking that have severely hampered our ability to deliver services to the people of Kampala.
Since March 2013, we have been caught as pawns in the tensions of the political push and shove of the City; we have been embroiled in separate, lengthy and tiresome processes before various organs and therefore have hardly had time to do our work of delivering services to the City.
The above, coupled with the ensuing political controversies and violent reactions by the public on matters relating to the office of the Lord Mayor have created a hostile working environment that has put the lives of our workers in danger. To-date, KCCA sweepers on the road are molested in the course of their work; our revenue collection teams, enforcement officers, cleaners and Building Inspectors have been assaulted many times at the incitement of political protagonists. Our garbage trucks have been damaged, and with the growing levels of threats our staff have become apprehensive over their safety in the course of their work. The incidents in which our officers have been repeatedly attacked in the course of work are well-documented.
Already, since the decision of the learned Judge earlier today, there have been efforts to mobilize the public to invade City Hall supposedly to “reinstall” Elias Lukwago into office! Obviously, this poses a serious risk to the staff and properties of the Authority that I am empowered to protect and safeguard.
Unless the safety of our staff and Government property under our custody is assured, it is difficult for our operations, as the implementing arm of KCCA, to continue blindly in the face of these increasing threats.
Consequently, we are shutting down the technical operations of the Authority until further notice.
For God and Our country