Dorothy Kisaka officially took over from Eng Andrew Kitaka as Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director at an event held in Kampala.
Eng Kitaka, who will continue to serve as the substantive director for engineering and technical services at KCCA, handed over instruments of office, including the seal of the authority, to Kisaka.
Kisaka, her deputy Eng David Luyimbazi, and director for administration and human resource Grace Akullo took oath and officially started their work.
Luyimbazi replaced Samuel Sserunkuuma, who will keep his job as the substantive director for revenue collection.
KITAKA PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR INCOMING KCCA ED KISAKA
In his remarks, Eng Kitaka said it was an honor to serve the people of Kampala under KCCA as acting executive director for the past 20 months after Jennifer Musisi threw in the towel.
Kitaka also pledged his support to Kisaka’s leadership.
He asked her to prioritize the issue of staffing, noting that the authority has a total of 658 temporary staff working on 4-month contracts since inception, something he agrees “has demotivated staff.”
The outgoing executive director also told Kisaka inadequate funding, defiance by a large section of the public which has made the enforcement of trade order and protection of our green spaces difficult, and vandalism and theft of public infrastructure were also challenges she needed to confront head on.
VERBATIM: DOROTHY KISAKA’S SEVEN-POINT PROGRAM TO TRANSFORM KAMPALA
- We shall lead from the front and lead by example. We shall do what we say and avoid duplicity.
- We must fast track development of the City and achieve the goals set out in the Strategic Plan.
- We shall pursue a participatory approach with the Citizens of Uganda to nurture the stunning beauty of Kampala City. The staff cannot do it alone. Everyone ought to participate in beautifying his or her neighborhood. It is imperative that we work together to create a City environment that City dwellers and the whole of Uganda will be proud of.
- We shall work towards minimizing interruptions to development by building bridges that promote peace across the many stakeholders. We cannot develop the City in the midst of unending intentional interruptions. We will promote a culture that says ‘we are bigger than the differences that divide us’. The people of Kampala deserve that. We can all win.
- We shall serve all Kampala in its diversity and ensure that they are well catered for with basic amenities both in dwelling and trading spaces. Kampala is a melting point for the 56 tribes of Uganda and this diversity must be respected and provided for.
- We shall promote the rich inherited values bequeathed by our ancestors; that is good neighborliness, hard work, shared wealth, integrity and honesty so that we build strong communities of City dwellers. Both the inner infrastructure and outer infrastructure are important.
- We shall all pledge to be good stewards of what Uganda has entrusted to us as a Technical Team. We shall not yoke with detractors of development or those who steal public property, or promote divisions that deter development, or eat the bread of laziness, or mistreat City dwellers, or in any way break the law and deter the good work of developing Uganda. We shall be trustworthy stewards of this great trust of Kampala City. Hon Minister, we know you shall hold us accountable.