Members of parliament have praised the management of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for the improvement of the standard of the Kampala city.
Members of parliament on Presidential Affairs Committee further advised the political and technical wing of the Authority to work in harmony for better Kampala.
The MPs urged that with a unified team at the KCCA, challenges based on limited funding among others, can easily be checked for the benefit of city residents.
“KCCA does not have challenges but rather problems that have kept accumulating, and if the political wing can coordinate with the technical wing, these issues should be a thing of the past,” said Hon. Jesca Ababiku (NRM, Adjumani district).
This was when the KCCA team led Kampala State minister Benny Namugwanya and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago appeared before the Committee on Tuesday to consider the Authority’s budget estimates for the financial year 2019/2020.
The Ag. Executive Director, Andrew Kitaka stated that the Authority lacks enough funds to execute a number of activities and requested the Committee to consider increasing budget allocations during the budgeting process on the Floor of Parliament.
“We expected to receive shs477.6 billion to cater for wage and non-wage, the Uganda Road Fund and external financing among other activities, but the budget outturn overview as of 31 December 2018 indicates that we received only shs267.9 billion and paid shs150.5 billion,” said Kitaka.
Lord Mayor, Lukwago, attributed KCCA’s operations on a recurrent budget to lack of funding towards the Authority’s transformation agenda, adding that a structural plan to be implemented in the city was in the offing.
Lukwago also highlighted high legal costs as one of the areas to query, given that the money spent on legal matters of KCCA were questionable and needed to be looked into.