KAMPALA: Three people are under scrutiny by the appointing authority in bid to find the next Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive Director.
Highly-placed sources say those on the list are engineer Andrew Kitaka, the current KCCA director for Engineering and Technical Services; Mr Henry Mayega, Uganda’s deputy ambassador to China; and, Mr Patrick Mukiibi, the commissioner for Tax Investigation at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
Multiple individuals knowledgeable about the process, but who spoke to this newspaper on condition of anonymity because the matter is confidential, said Kampala minister Beti Kamya is presently appraising the candidates.
The minister, according to the sources, will recommend two candidates and President Museveni will name one of them as Jennifer Musisi’s successor.
Outgoing KCCA executive director Musisi submitted her resignation to the President in October and is due to leave City Hall this Friday after seven years at the helm. A farewell party is being organised for her on Wednesday.
Among reasons for her abrupt departure mid her third appointive tenure, Ms Musisi cited less-than-satisfactory political support, inadequate resources and corrosive fights.
After the NRM party was floored in the capital in 2016 elections, President Museveni reversed his adulation of the executive director as a trailblazing reformer and good-to-emulate cadre.
About the candidates
Mr Andrew Kitaka:
An experienced hand at KCCA, he directly superintended modernisation of the city’s physical infrastructure, including upgrade of 210 kilometres of roads to bitumen and automating traffic control at 20 junctions, which headline Ms Musisi’s feats as executive director. He previously acted as deputy executive director when Dr Judith Tukahirwa resigned in October 2016, citing political interference. He is considered by insiders as the brain behind Kampala’s new look.
Mr Henry Mayega:
During his political baptism in 2010 as a newly-fished NRM cadre, having defected from UPC, Mr Mayega said he had crossed from a desert to a forest. President Museveni later named him Uganda’s deputy Ambassador to China. He brings political shrewdness that the appointing authority needs for a victorious comeback in the city at the 2021 elections. After his late brother, Peter Nyombi, served NRM diligently as Attorney General, insiders view Mr Mayega favourably as another loyal cadre.
Mr Patrick Mukiibi:
KCCA’s current biggest headache is mustering adequate resources to implement its activities. At Uganda Revenue Authority where he on occasion has acted as the commissioner general, Mr Mukiibi remains unblemished by any scandal and parachuting him to City Hall, the way Ms Musisi was, would help the executive start another relationship on a clean slate. He is well versed with principles of corporate governance, skills that the outgoing ED employed to turn the KCCA ship onto a transformation highway.