Monday June 19 2017

Chaos forces mayor Lukwago to suspend council meeting

Kawempe division councillor Ronald Kazinga

Kawempe division councillor Ronald Kazinga (blue suit) being restrined from confronting police officers (background) shortly after Kampala city mayor Erias Lukwago adjourned the council meeting at City Hall. Photo by Michael Kakumirizi 

By Agencies

There was chaos at city hall in Kampala this afternoon during deliberations on the Kampala Capital City Authority Amendment Bill 2015 prompting the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago to suspend the council meeting.
Trouble started after division councillors who had filled up the gallery applauded the arguments made by the divisional mayors that didn't please majority of the authority councillors, who are opposition leaning.
A visibly angry Lukwago couldn't stand the applause from the gallery when Ms Joyce Ssebugwawo, the Lubaga Division Mayor asked what the KCCA councillors would benefit once the bill is withdrawn as they demanded.

At this point, Lukwago suspended the council proceedings. When the two groups moved out, the Authority councillors accused the Division councillors of being compromised by the proposed allowance increase.
While addressing the meeting earlier on, Benny Namugwanya, the Kampala State Minister revealed plans to give the division and KCCA councillors a 20 and 30 percent increase respectively on their allowances, a move which took the councilors by surprise.
The Division councillors accused the Authority councillors of incompetence leading to heated arguments that almost degenerated into physical clashes. It took the intervention of police to restrain the councillors from clashing.