Editorial

Lukwago, Musisi talks are welcome

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Posted  Sunday, December 15  2013 at  02:00

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For many Kampalans and the country at large that have watched with consternation the immodest and unbecoming conduct of the city leaders across the board which has resulted in chaos on the streets, paralysis in service delivery and comedy in the council, this will no doubt come as relief.

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Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has offered a hand of peace to his nemesis Executive Director Jennifer Musisi and Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze, calling them to a round table next week to chart a way forward in the city’s administration.

For many Kampalans and the country at large that have watched with consternation the immodest and unbecoming conduct of the city leaders across the board which has resulted in chaos on the streets, paralysis in service delivery and comedy in the council, this will no doubt come as relief.

Only a year or so ago, court recommended a similar approach to solving the differences between the city leaders by ruling that there was nothing to interprete in the KCCA Act because the roles are as clear as they can be. That the leaders simply needed to sit down and sort themselves out. However, actors on the different sides did not take it seriously. The end result was that we ended up in this embarrassing situation where there is no winner but only losers both at individual and institutional level.

We hope, therefore, that the other side will return the hand of peace and enter into meaningful dialogue to chart a way forward that brings better services to the people, ensures accountability and does not disenfranchise or disregard the voices of the people for whom all the warring parties are purporting to work for.

The country will be watching and apportioning responsibility to whoever is seen to be standing in the way of dialogue between the government which has overwhelming mandate to govern the country and the Lord Mayor who has overwhelming mandate to lead the city.

It’s now up to both parties to save face and return to the path of dialogue and reason because naked brawn and muscle has no place in modern public management; it only perpetuates violence, leaving no winners, only victims.