Embrace talks to resolve city woes

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Posted  Monday, December 16  2013 at  02:00

City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago over the weekend invited Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze and KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi and other stake holders for talks today to solve the impasse surrounding his impeachment and problems in the management of the city. Premier Amama Mbabazi has since said they are willing to hold talks with Mr Lukwago.

If and when the invitation is honoured by the said parties, this will indeed be a step in the right direction, towards creating order at City Hall. However, given the manner in which the last council meeting - where the mayor was impeached ended - was held, it is only natural to wonder what mood will persist during the expected talks.

It is for this reason that those invited to the round table must make deliberate effort to practice diplomacy regardless of their differences in opinion. Lately, it is not uncommon to see politicians shouting at the top of their voices, making personal threats or even physically attacking the opponent just to put a point across. This manner of debate does not propel the country forward but only breeds contempt amongst leaders, leaving the citizenry disappointed. For as long as leaders squabble and fail to rise above their misunderstandings, no meaningful development can take place.

These much-needed talks should not be used as a show of who wields more power or a time to increase cheap popularity but rather a time to put egos aside and reach a common ground to turn Kampala into a city with global standards.
Hopefully issues discussed will not be agreed on prematurely but discussed at length and the rule of law observed.

The impasse between the Mr Lukwago and Ms Musisi has gone on for long enough and needs to be resolved once and for all. Kampala city’s woes might not be resolved in just one meeting but the way this initiative starts out will have a lot to do with what results to expect.

Nelson Mandela was laid to rest yesterday but his ideals of forgiveness and reconciliation live on. The city leaders should hold on to and practice his words; “Leaders cannot afford to hate.”