Parliament again fails to pass KCCA Act

Parliament has stayed the enactment of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Amendment Bill following a disagreement over Clause 14 of the Bill that seeks to establish a metropolitan planning authority.

The clause proposes the annexure of Mukono and Wakiso districts to the jurisdiction of the proposed Kampala metropolitan planning authority which was vehemently opposed by MPs notably, Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala), Medard Lubega Sseggona (Busiro East), Moses Kasibante (Lubaga North) and Betty Nambooze (Mukono Municipality).

Arguing against the proposal, Muwanga Kivumbi told the House that the boundaries of Kampala city cannot be altered without causing an amendment to the Constitution.

This is the fourth time that the Bill is being stayed due to disagreements over certain clauses of the Bill.

Previously, Parliament passed an amendment that gives more powers to the holder of the office of Lord Mayor.

As opposed to the current law where the Lord Mayor has ceremonial roles, the new amendment makes the office holder the political head of the city.

The Amendments also give the Lord Mayor powers to appoint an executive committee from amongst the councilors.

Clause 3(2) of the Bill, which was passed by the House scrapped academic qualifications for those seeking to be councilors but retained Advanced Level qualifications for Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor.

Clause 6(a) of the Bill, introduced by the Presidential Affairs Committee Chairperson, Hon Jesca Ababiku seeks to create the position of speaker and deputy speaker.