Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials apologized to Parliament’s Presidential Affairs Committee for the manner in which KCCA enforcement agents mishandle people and their property while executing their duties and pledged to handle the culprits behind the brutality.
This was after Members of Parliament (MPs) sitting on the committee cautioned KCCA officials on the way these enforcement officers act violently and their abrupt operations without official notices to affected people.
Nyabushozi County MP Fred Mwesigye, the Committee of the Presidential Affairs Committee raised a concern of a complaint he had received from two white men accusing KCCA enforcement officers of extorting money from them for passing through the green.
Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebagala also accused the enforcement officers for extorting money from vendors and stealing their merchandise after it is confiscated.
He noted that the acts of these enforcement officers is causing a lot of insecurity in the city and also has partly led to the poor relationship between KCCA and the public.
Ssebagala also accused KCCA of lacking public relations saying that KCCA does not involve political leaders in the city in its different works and project launching in the different areas.
Judith Turyahika, the Deputy Executive Director at KCCA, noted to the MPs that the issue of errant enforcement officers has been already noticed by KCCA officials themselves and that they will make sure that they improve.
She noted that the enforcement officers’ acts are regrettable and that KCCA is handling the errant enforcement officers and has continued to engage with enforcement officers and reminded them of KCCA core values.
She appealed to the public to avail KCCA with information of errant enforcement officers also noting that disciplinary action has been taken to some of those found guilty.
The MPs also directed KCCA officials to ensure that a Public Accounts Committee is put in place at KCCA to audit the expenditure and projects carried out by the Authority.