President Museveni used Sunday’s meeting with councillors and leaders of Kampala Capital City Authority to harshly criticize the Amama Mbabazi-led NRM secretariat.
According to councillors who attended the Rwakitura meeting, Museveni said the prevailing hostility toward KCCA initiatives was partly caused by the NRM secretariat’s failure to educate city dwellers about orderly urban development.
The meeting was attended by councillors Frank Tumwebaze, the minister for the Presidency and KCCA KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi, and the deputy director for treasury services, Julius Kabugo.
“The weakness of the NRM secretariat, led by Honourable Mbabazi, in sensitizing people who are displaced from road reserves, hawkers and vendors working in illegal places about the aantages of them moving to other areas to allow development has in a way hindered some developments in the city,” a source quoted Museveni as having said.
Councillor Godfrey Asiimwe (NRM Lubaga) told The Observer on Monday that Museveni’s stinging remarks against the NRM secretariat stemmed from a discussion with councillors about the removal of kiosks from city road reserves.
About 24 councillors out of the 34 who participated in the botched impeachment of City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago last November attended the meeting. Conspicuously absent, however, was Councillor Benard Luyiga (DP Makerere University) one of the forces behind Lukwago’s ouster.
When Museveni reportedly asked about Luyiga, some councillors told him they had dropped him because he was a double dealer who had rejoined Lukwago. However, Luyiga said on Monday that he couldn’t make it to the Rwakitura meeting because the invites were too informal.
“All the councillors were invited by just a mere phone call which was really demeaning. At my level now, you cannot tell me that you are inviting me by a phone call when you have been inviting me formally,” he said.
During the meeting, the councillors also reportedly asked the central government not to outlaw local leaders and mayoral elections in Kampala. In response, Museveni reportedly replied that he could not support any changes to the law that would disfranchise city residents. Among other issues, Museveni promised to ensure that any people who will be displaced by railway works around Kampala are compensated.
Source : The Observer