EXPEDITE POWER DEVOLUTION TO CITY DIVISIONS, KAWEMPE MAYOR TASKS KAMPALA MINISTER BETTY AMONGIN
By Mulengera Reporters
Kawempe Division Mayor Emmanuel Serunjogi Oweddembe has implored Kampala Minister Betty Amongin to closely work with KCCA technical wing at City Hall to ensure executive power, as reflected in KCCA (Amendment) Act of 2019, is quickly decentralized to City Divisions. Serunjogi, who as Chairman Alliance of Kampala Mayors, was a key actor in pushing for devolution so as to enable the Division Mayors to exercise real power for which voters elected them.
On taking office in June 2016, the Mayors found themselves idle as then powerful KCCA ED Jennifer Musisi insisted on controlling everything at City Hall turning the elected Mayors into beggars who relied on her for things as small as buying fuel for their cars or even buying tea for their offices. Even pens and other stationary used to do office work had to come from City Hall but the new Amendments to the KCCA Act brings all that to the end and Serunjogi says Amongin and technical wing members have a duty to work out the operationalization so that the Mayors begin serving their electors for the remainder of their current term.
Speaking at the inauguration of his new executive at Kawempe Division headquarters on Wednesday, Serunjogi highlighted his achievements in the last four years to include succeeding in pushing Parliament and other stakeholders to amend the Act to decentralize executive powers back to the Divisions. He said because of the devolution and new amendments, Kawempe Division some time back was able to elect its Speaker (and his deputy) who is expected to very soon convene a meeting for the newly appointed members of the executive to be approved, take oath and begin serving the people of Kawempe.
After unveiling his executive of 5 members, Serunjogi declared he would seek reelection for second term as Kawempe Mayor in 2021 and begged fellow leaders to rally behind him. The People Power area coordinator then proceeded to read out Kanyanya Parish representative/Councilor Ismail Ntale as his Deputy. The highly qualified Sylvia Nakyobe will hold the portfolio of Gender, Production & Community services. The Kyambogo University BBA graduate represents Kawempe II & Kazo Angola parishes as woman councilor.
The others are Kikaaya parish councilor Eng. Henry Buwule who will hold the portfolio of Finance Secretary in the Division. Eng. Buwule, who is arguably the most educated councilor in Kawempe Division council, will be concerned with Finance, HR, treasury services, internal audit, legal affairs and revenue collection aspects of the Division. He has a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from Makerere University and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical & Production Engineering from Kyambogo University. Last but not least is Steven Bimugwanya Mungi Sserumaga who will be serving as Minister for Education, Public Health & Environment. The Makerere III councilor has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors in SWASA and is vastly experienced in community work and leadership.
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