Kampala – Mr Erias Lukwago has been sworn in for the third term as Kampala Lord Mayor.
Accompanied by his wife and children, Mr Lukwago, 51, took the oath to lead as the City Lord Mayor of Kampala for another five-year term at City Hall
“I had intended to serve as Kampala Lord Mayor for 10 years and leave but because President Museveni brought stagnation in the city and the whole country in addition to attempts to frustrate my first term in office, I have found myself being the longest serving Lord Mayor of Kampala,” Mr Lukwago who has been mayor since 2011 told journalists after taking oath.
He said the last two councils in his regime had tried to frustrate his leadership through political fights because some of them were from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Democratic Party (DP).
“But they all left. This council is comprised of National Unity Platform (NUP) members who are my friends and hope we will work together to develop the city,” Mr Lukwago added before cautioning the council members to shun political fights and temptations for quick money.
Mr Lukwago further said the Authority needs about USD$ 2 billion to implement the five-year strategic plan that was passed by the council.
“That money should be made available by Mr Museveni’s government because most of the money is collected from Kampala in form of direct and indirect taxes,” he added.
The ostentatious Wednesday ceremony presided over by Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, Ms Miriam Ayo Akello also saw 54 city councillors sworn in.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony at city hall in Kampala, the executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Ms Dorothy Kisaka urged the newly elected city councilors to work closely with the Authority’s technical wing to develop Kampala into an attractive developed city.
Ms Kisaka appealed to the leaders to pursue a participatory approach if Kampala is to be turned into an attractive city as well as solving the current challenges faced by over four million people working within the city and over 1.5 million city dwellers.
She said there could arise some misunderstandings but they should be quick to find avenues of seeking harmony for the good of all city dwellers.