Lord Mayor given full powers in new KCCA law

Parliament has at long last passed the amended Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Act which is hoped to end the kind of fights that ate up most of the sitting Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s first term in the position.

The law, which was passed after it was stayed over for at least four times as MPs disagreed on various proposals, streamlines the roles and responsibilities of the Lord Mayor, Executive Director and the Minister of Kampala.

During his first term, Lukwago got trapped in endless fights with former KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi who had ganged up with the then Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze.

Under the amended law, the Lord Mayor will be the political head of Kampala, heading the city’s council that will be the legislative arm of the city, while the executive director will be the head of the technical arm of the city.

This therefore gives the Lord Mayor with the city council supervisory roles over the authority which comprises of the technical staff.

The minister of Kampala is given powers to coordinate the city’s physical planning function with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

This was after the MPs had scrapped Clause 14 of the Bill that sought to establish a metropolitan planning authority.