KAMPALA CITY GETS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
President Museveni has on the eve of the mayoral elections in Kampala appointed the city’s new chief executive but the name of the new appointee will not be released until after the election results are known. Government accorded the capital city a new status towards the end of last year, which turns the city’s former divisional ‘chairpersons’ to ‘mayors of municipalities’ while the city itself will have a ‘Lord Mayor’ with mainly ceremonial functions, leaving the ‘business to run the city’ with the appointed CEO.
Kampaleans are now hoping that the rot, corruption and rubbish are being swept out by the new city CEO and the new administrative set up, all of whom however will have a herculean task to reform the city’s bureaucracy at the same time as providing long awaited services to city resident.
Central government has towards that end injected mega bucks into repairing city roads but rubbish collection, health centres, street lighting and the administration of revenue are equally challenging tasks remaining entirely in the domain of city hall and the former divisional offices which are now proper ‘municipalities’.
Traffic control too will rank high on the top challenges of the new administrator but the new Kampala Capital City Authority will at least have a greater say in planning coordination over their ‘neighbours’ in Mukono and Entebbe, all of which are considered part of the greater Kampala metropolitan area.