Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Jennifer Musisi Semakula has resigned from the office of the Executive Director of Kampala, ending her seven year tenure at the helm of the city.
Musisi submitted her 21-page resignation notice to President Yoweri Museveni Monday indicating that she will step down on December 15, 2018. In the letter, Musisi highlighted a number of challenges in the management of Kampala. Key among them is the unceasing bickering between the political and technical wing of KCCA.
“One of the challenges has been to reconcile the competing interests between political perspectives/ decisions and the strategic plans of the KCCA technical team. Consequently, it has increasingly become difficult to achieve set targets,” Musisi said.
She equally points out the inadequate political support to the efforts of the KCCA technical team to transform Kampala, a result of which many planned city improvement plans have not received political support.
Musisi acknowledges that KCCA is unable to fully meet the government and public expectations in city development programmes and service delivery demands due to inadequate funding.
She says that KCCA has inadequate permanent staff on account of budget limitations, resulting in prolonged temporary terms of service and job insecurity. She adds that this trend has led to demotivation and high turnover of highly skilled staff.
Last year Jennifer Musisi told parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE that she would have declined the offer for the job if she had known what her job would entail.
The development came at the heal of tensions and power struggles between the KCCA political wing led by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, the technical wing and Kampala Minister Beti Olive Kamya.
KCCA issues statement
KCCA have issued a statement, thanking Musisi for the role she has played in transforming the city.
“Our Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi has issued a notice of resignation from this position after 7 and a half monumental years at the helm of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). Starting in April 2011 as the first Executive Director of KCCA, Musisi established a new Institution restructuring the old Kampala City Council,” the statement said.
“She leaves at a time when KCCA has been positioned as a corporate institution with functional systems that have made Kampala a benchmark Urban City in Africa and Internationally. KCCA’s relationship with development partners and other International players has grown stronger over the years, built on the Institution’s credibility.”
The statement concluded by stating that, “during her tenure, Kampala has registered a number of achievements as a reputable Organization with strong tenets of integrity and transparency — which values we shall maintain in our desire to continue transforming Kampala. Our best wishes to Jennifer in the life ahead.”