Monday March 31 2014

Let voters decide Lukwago’s fate

By Editor

It’s time to stop the nonsense surrounding the expulsion-reinstatement see-saw concerning Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
The Lord Mayor has been charged with incompetence by his critics, but how incompetent can a person be when the position is largely ceremonial, with the major focus cutting ribbons at the opening of a new mall?

The shenanigans by his detractors and the Lord Mayor plays out more like a spat between children, not adults. It’s likely to do more with a clash of personalities than a question of professionalism.

But this playground spat is being played out in the courts.
At the least, this is costing taxpayers money just by taking up the court’s time (and that’s not counting the likely costs from attorney fees).

It certainly is costing a lot of people a lot of time. And all wasted.
Unless someone steps forward with assertions that are actionable – acts that are without doubt illegal, immoral or otherwise – and that can be verified, let’s get away from the silly business of trying to toss out someone who has no real power except publicity.

Part of the problem is that the KCCA Act is a bit ambiguous and this has created problems in running the city. Among the functions of the Lord Mayor is to “be the political head of the Capital City” and to “head the Authority in developing strategies and programmes of the Capital City”.
The functions of the Authority include “to initiate and formulate policy...; “to promote the development in the Capital City”, among others. The interpretation of this and other sections of the Act by different parties has created the current confusion within KCCA.

And even as this is written, another hearing was under way in an attempt to keep him out of an office that little likely care that much about and even fewer are affected by.

The Lord Mayor has two years left in office. Let him serve out those days, cutting his ribbons and saying what he says, whether profound or pitiable or petty.

Then, let the voters decide whether he is able or incompetent, whether he’s a man of substance or silliness.

But let this silliness in our courts end now.
If the Lord Mayor’s detractors find his actions embarrassing, they should soon realise that this petty and ultimately meaningless dust-up is even more so.