Lukwago writes to Ochola over head of KCCA law enforcement team

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has written to the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola asking him to recall Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) head of law enforcement team SSP Kituuma Rusoke.

Lukwago’s January 8 letter cites a resolution that KCCA council took on August 16, 2018 that Rusoke be reprimanded and sent back to the police headquarters following a 2017 incident that led to the death of 38-year-old Olivia Basemera who drowned in the Nakivubo channel in a desparate attempt to flee from the KCCA enforcement officers.

Lukwago also says that while Rusoke was deployed as the head of security unit at KCCA, he was illegally assigned the duty of heading the KCCA Law Enforcement Team which is not a police force unit.

In a related development, Lukwago has told journalists that this year, KCCA will enact ordinances to streamline the administration of the city and better working relations with the different stake holders.

“This year 2019 we are going to pass the Leadership and Administration of City Markets, Ordinances streamlining the Law Enforcement System and Administration and Management of Taxi Operations ordinance, Management, Leadership and Administration of Boda-Boda ordinance, Enforcement of rights of persons with disabilities Ordinance, Green Infrastructure Ordinance and the Kampala Capital City Authority CCTV Ordinance,” said Lukwago

Lukwago also want KCCA to be rebranded because its image was “tarnished by the conduct of some city administrators and law enforcers.”

He is planning to meet and discuss with different stakeholders beginning with the business community in a bid to understand their queries and make recommendations to Authority.

Lukwago also wants the council would assess the recruitment of employees at KCCA and irregularities there in.

Based on the 2018 KCCA Public Accounts Committee report, Lukwago said that KCCA has 1,133 employees, 742 of whom are on temporary arrangement, and without a proper record of employment.

“There are no files that prove they applied for the positions they hold, no adverts were run inviting them to apply and they work on temporary contracts that are renewable every after four months,” Lukwago said.