The former Kampala Resident City Commissioner, Mr Mpimbaza Hashaka, has said he is leaving the city a happy man after defeating walk-to-work protests and other civil disobedience campaigns.
“As I live the city, there is no walk-to-work and other demonstrations. I hope that you take it up to ensure that they never surface again,” Mr Hashaka told his successor, Ms Aisha Kabanda, during the handover ceremony in Nakasero yesterday.
The new Namayingo RDC warned his successor that efforts were underway to re-launch the protests now that he was leaving.
“I know that these elements are already plotting to re-launch the protests, they think that they can take advantage of you but they do not know what awaits them,” Mr Hashaka said, adding that Ms Kabanda had appointed him a special adviser.
When contacted about the matter the Activists for Change/For God and My Country coordinator Mathias Mpuuga said he was constrained to respond to Mr Hashaka because he holds him in contempt.
“Whatever his views are about us, I think they are useless. How can he stop what he does not comprehend?” he asked. He warned Ms Kabanda about what he termed as ‘city deals’.
“There are a lot of deals in this city and if you refuse to be part of them, you become their enemy,” Mr Hashaka said. The Namayingo RDC said he was disappointed by the salary discrepancies at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
“There are people in this city who earn more than Shs40 million with their drivers earning above Shs5 million yet the RDC who is supposed to oversee their work earns Shs1.5million,” Mr Hashaka said.
He also said the refusal by the management of KCCA to give a lease to St Balikuddembe Market vendors despite numerous rulings by the courts of law and orders by the IGG was detrimental to NRM party and a “time bomb” waiting to explode.
Ms Kabanda said she had been getting calls from people offering her prayers to overcome the problems in the city.
“Whereas I need prayers, Kampala itself needs them more so that we regain our consciousness in whatever we do,” she said, adding that she would focus on accountability and constant with engagement Kampala dwellers.