Dr Judith Tukahirwa, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Deputy executive director has resigned citing security and interference at her place of work.
In a letter addressed to President Yoweri Museveni and copied to the Ministry of Kampala Affairs, the chairman of Public Service Commission and the KCCA executive director, Dr Tukahirwa, a solid waste consultant who was appointed by President Museveni in December 2012 to deputise Ms Jennifer Musisi says she cannot continue working for KCCA due to security interference in her work.
"I must say that it is these challenges which have come at a cost of my health, both physically and mentally. These are issues which players in government may never consider important to the success of any project, however I hasten to add that in such a disincentive for professionals who mean well for this country and who have forsaken international jobs in the spirit of patriotism," she said in her resignation letter dated October 28.
According to her, most of the achievements by KCCA in the first four years of its existence have been eroded by political and security interferences.
"Political expediency from certain quarters has taken over strategic planning and this has been fomented by persons within the security circles. It's disconcerting for any KCCA administrator to deal with decisions made on the premise of rumours and conjecture. This has been exacerbated by the failure of certain government agencies to assist KCCA fulfil its potential on account of the “politics of the day,” she adds in the letter.
According to her, Kampala Capital City has the potential of being the go-to and fore most city in the Great Lakes Region.
She, however, says that can only be achieved if the KCCA Act, 2010 is amended to allow government parastatal with clear goals or targets preferably premised on its five year strategic plan which is aligned to the National Development plan.
She also says there is need to extend Kampala’s boundaries to include the Greater Kampala Metroplitan Area (GKMA) to effect a synchronised development plan or promotion of cooperation among the political jurisdictions in the GKMA to achieve harmonised economic plan for joint implementation.
“I would like to extend my appreciation to you, the government of Uganda, the executive director of KCCA, the management and staff of the KCCA for the support rendered unto me since I took up this office and I do pray that they continue with the spirit of service to the nation and scale new and even higher heights,” the resignation letter reads.