KAMPALA. As Jennifer Musisi’s contract as Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director expires on April 14 this year, a wave of uncertainty looms at City Hall on who will replace her.
Ms Musisi is currently serving her second three-year term. Her contract was renewed on April 14, 2014.
She previously worked at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) as head of legal department, and was appointed by President Museveni as KCCA boss in 2011 when the defunct Kampala City Council (KCC) was rebranded into KCCA.
Kampala Minister, Ms Beti Olive Kamya confirmed expiry of Ms Musisi’s contract to this newspaper last week on Friday shortly after addressing Journalists at the Uganda Media Centre.
However, she declined to delve into details of the probable replacement of Ms Musisi, saying that it’s still early.
“I really don’t have details to that effect but when the new KCCA executive director is appointed by the president, you will get to know because it will be public information,” she said.
Efforts to speak to speak to Ms Musisi on whether she could have her contract renewed were futile.
While appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory bodies and State Enterprise (Cosase) on March 2, 2017 to explain her role in the controversial Oil cash bonanza where she got Shs50m, Ms Musisi regretted having taken up KCCA’s top job.
She said she would have declined the appointment if she had known what entailed being a KCCA executive director.
She had been queried by one of the members on whether her appointment as KCCA executive director wasn’t enough reward for her role in winning the Oil case.
When contacted, Kampala Lord Mayor, Mr Erias Lukwago, declined to comment on the matter.
Senior Presidential Press Secretary, Mr Don Wanyama acknowledged expiry’s of Musisi’s contract but noted that the President will appoint a new executive director if at all there is need to replace Ms Musisi.
He dismissed claims that there are some names that have been nominated for the seat.
“I am not sure of the new names that you are talked about. It’s the President who is the appointing Authority,” he said.
According to Section 17(2) of the KCCA Act, the executive director shall be appointed by President on the advice of the public service.
A person shall qualify to be appointed executive director if he or she is of high moral character and proven integrity, and is qualified to be appointed as Permanent Secretary in government.
The Public Service Permanent Secretary, Ms Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire also confirmed the expiry of Ms Musisi’s contract.
“Its true madam Musisi’s contract has expired but for now, I can’t tell you of any developments to that effect. Just be patient and wait for the official communication from the President because he is the one who appoints,” she said.
In October last year, Ms Musisi’s deputy, Dr Judith Tukahiirwa resigned her job citing intrigue and political interference.
Ms Musisi then appointed the then director of Engineering and Technical services, Mr Andrew Kitaka as the Acting deputy executive director.
When Ms Musisi first ascended to this job in 2011, her first priority was to sanitise the city by ensuring trade order in the city and improvement of infrastructure.
However, she was later criticized by the public for having an iron hand after ordering the eviction of street vendors from the city.
In her two terms of office, Musisi has been entangled in endless conflicts with Mr Lukwago over who should manage the city.