Tomorrow, Dorothy Kisaka and Eng David Ssali Luyimbazi will be sworn in as the new Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director and deputy executive director respectively.
The duo inherit a KCCA technical wing facing major challenges of politics, disorder, corruption, poor infrastructure and drainage as well as a dented image. So, the Kisaka-Luyimbazi tandem has their work cut out to revamp Kampala.
The incoming leadership of KCCA have little time to settle in. That is because they will confront a host of enormous challenges that require immediate attention and while also requiring them to make unpopular decisions. Already, Kampala was abruptly demarcated with a boda boda free zone that on July 27 saw police impound several motorcycles.
Meanwhile, heavy traffic congestion remains a menace in the city while street vendors have always posed a big headache for the past leadership. So, how Kisaka and Luyimbazi handle those problems will greatly affect the taxpayers’ money, the city’s reputation as well as the tense relations with the political wing headed by Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
Here is a rundown of some of the challenges whose solutions are dicey, and could carry consequences for their tenure in office and the city’s future.
There is no doubt KCCA is one of the most funded institutions in the country but at the same time, it is also one of the most corrupt. Reports by the Auditor General have always implicated KCCA as one of the most corrupt institutions.
Corruption is most rife in the directorate of Physical Planning, as discovered in various corruption probes, where officials have been implicated in the giving away of land not to mention approval of substandard structures.
Meanwhile, Andrew Kitaka, the outgoing KCCA executive director, hinted in an interview with The Observer last year that some officials in the Legal directorate were colluding with the public to lose cases so that KCCA pays out huge sums in terms of compensations.
In fact, Beti Kamya, the former minister for Kampala, asked the Auditor General last year to conduct a special audit into KCCA accounts after several cries from whistle-blowers.
As the audit was ongoing, several senior staff tendered in their resignations to avoid being pushed away.
So, the new executive needs to be open about stamping out corruption and it should be seen to do so, not just talk about it.
All Kampala problems are most expressed through the infrastructure network, which clearly is not up to standard. The main road network is quite messy in spite of the huge donor-funded project while the drainage system is often exposed as inadequate during heavy rains.
It is reported President Museveni based on this problem to relieve Kitaka of his duties regardless of the fact it didn’t have much to do with him. At the moment, there are several road works ongoing but there is huge public scepticism about the quality of work, which the new leadership needs to address.
This is one of the oldest conundrums for all Kampala leaders and it remains a menace for the new executive. Matters are not helped by the fact that they form a huge block that is needed in the implementation of programmes as well as political capital.
How Kisaka and Luyimbazi address the vendors’ plight is a tricky situation but it is something they have to act on to create order in the city, regardless of whether the decision is popular or not.
From the education point, government schools in Kampala are declining by the day; both in academic performance and also size of land.
This is mainly a combination of two things; neglect with little funding, and land grabbers who have reduced the size of schools such as Nakasero Primary School and Kitante Primary School to mention a few. Some have been controversially relocated to pave way for business entities and in the worst case scenario; a few like Nabagereka Primary School have folded.
RELATIONS WITH POLITICAL WING
Since KCCA technical wing was created in 2011, there has always been many fights with the political wing, something that has sabotaged development in many aspects.
The law governing both sides remains somehow ambiguous and loops into the roles of each body, thereby creating a fertile ground for intrigue.
This power struggle also often attracts outside forces and it is something Kisaka and Luyimbazi need to quickly address if they are to have a smooth working relationship at KCCA.
Health experts have often warned that Kampala is sitting on a health time-bomb due to the poor sanitation in the city centre coupled with overcrowding.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic, Kampalans have mostly ignored the standard operating procedures to go about their work as if everything is normal.
So, Kisaka and Luyimbazi have an uphill task to instil a sense of discipline to avert a possible outbreak of contagious diseases. Doing so will require the full cooperation of all leaders and stakeholders in the city, something that has often failed.
As Uganda’s major city, Kampala boasts global name recognition, but oftentimes, the views about Kampala are not always favourable, marred by poor roads, drainage, political fights and corruption.
So, one of the jobs of the new KCCA executive director is to sell the city to the world. The tragedies Kampalans face on the daily basis are alarming. If someone is not washed away to death by rainwater, she drowns in open manholes.
Now that the world can see what is reported about Kampala in an instant, there is need to educate and sensitize people, especially KCCA employees about their role as city ambassadors. So, the challenge for Kisaka and Luyimbazi is to unite the city behind them.”
Meanwhile, KCCA enforcement officers are renowned for their highhandedness when executing their work, especially against vendors. So, it is high time the new leadership reorient them to respect human rights.
Lastly, the major task at hand for the new team is to build an authority that delivers quality services to the people of Kampala with an accountable and admirable image.
However, critics have always blamed the technical wing of interfering with the politics of the city. For one, previous executive directors have had an overbearing approach to every aspect of the city, something that often sunk their personal images during disastrous moments.
However, with the new breakdown of roles, Kisaka, as executive director, will directly supervise the directorates of Administration and Human Resource Management, Treasury Services, Legal Affairs, Revenue Collection and Internal Audit.
On the other hand, Luyimbazi, as the deputy executive director, will be in charge of the directorate of Education and Social Services, Gender and Community Development, Public Health and Environment, Physical Planning as well as Engineering and Technical Services.
His office further supervises the departments of Information and Communications Technology, Public and Corporate Affairs, Procurement and Disposal Unit & Research and Strategy Management. This decentralisation of roles is important to allow a seamless working condition.
Who is new Kampala boss Dorothy Kisaka?
Kisaka is the current administrator and secretary of the National Response Fund against COVID 19. She is also a Senior Presidential Advisor at the Office of the Prime Minister, tasked with coordinating political and non-political actors to implement public policy.
She is also Deputy Head at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit tasked with fast-tracking service delivery on government priorities. Kisaka formerly served as a commissioner at the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM Electoral Commission supervising inter-party elections.
Kisaka is a graduate of laws having studied a Bachelor of Laws at Makerere University from 1983-1987. She worked with Kiyimba-Kisaka & Co Advocates from 1999-2014 and has more than 20 years of experience.
She holds a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Management at Uganda Christian University, Mukono and a Masters in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University in the United Kingdom. She is also a legal counsel to governance boards and experienced in organizational strategic leadership.
Kisaka mentors leaders in Uganda and worldwide as visiting international faculty. Together with her husband Eng. Peter Kisaka and their friend Lorna Magara, she pioneered a Leadership School under Destiny Consult which trains highly placed market place leaders to serve with excellence and integrity.
Destiny Consult was born in 2001 out of a desire to provide leadership support to young professionals in the workplace. The focus was on professionals and the goal was to walk alongside them providing programs, resources, and tools to empower their leadership. Kisaka was its pioneer executive director.
She currently serves as Board Chairman for Development Associates International-DAI, an organization that focuses on developing leaders’ effectiveness and fostering their spiritual growth, with servant leadership as the core principle.
Kisaka is also a strong advocate for the placement of abandoned children in families. She represents Africa on the Board of Haggai Institute International in Hawaii USA and Thailand, an organization whose vision is to see every nation redeemed and transformed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Who is new deputy ED David Luyimbazi?
Luyimbazi hails from Katikamu, the heartbeat of the NRM bush war in Luwero. By way of training, he has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Makerere University.
He also holds a Master of Science in Highway Management & Engineering from the University of Birmingham (UK) where he earned the J. Kolbusweki Prize as best student.
As part of his research at master’s level, he developed a framework for multi-criteria analysis in the Highway Development and Management Model of the World Bank used project investment appraisal. Luyimbazi further holds a Master of Science in Major Programme Management from the University of Oxford (UK).
The course he studied pertains to Major Programmes whose features are that they are large scale, transformational, involve multiple stakeholders, complex ventures and impact millions of people, same as the challenges Kampala Capital City Authority possesses. As such, it calls for a different skill set and experience background to successfully manage a Major Programme akin to a situation where you need a jumbo jet pilot license and not a mere car driver’s license to partake.
Government has over the years also invested substantially in Luyimbazi’s specialization by funding him to attend numerous professional development courses in contract management, public private partnerships, innovative project financing, etc.
He joined the Ministry of Works and Transport in 1996 as a pupil engineer and grew through the ranks to the position of principal engineer around 2003. He was seconded to join the Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU) of the Ministry in 2005 as a Senior Project Engineer, a position he held until April 2008.
In April 2008, he was appointed the Director of Planning in UNRA and he held this position until June 2015 when his contract was ended.
Luyimbazi is the CEO of Basic Group Limited, a multi-disciplinary company with offerings that span engineering, construction, real estate, manufacturing, energy, oil & gas, agriculture, education, commodities trading, technology and financial services.
He has been the Deputy Project Manager of the Owner’s Engineer on the project for construction of infrastructure for the Kampala Industrial Business Park where Basic Group Ltd is in a consortium with Joadah Consultants, Turner & Townsend and Roughton International Ltd.