KAMPALA–Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) has moved to draft an ordinance that will govern the conduct of its law enforcement team.
The ordinance bill which is being drafted by KCCA’s directorate of legal affairs, will, among others, help guide the authority on how to recruit, conduct operations and training.
Charles Ouma, KCCA deputy director of legal affairs, told the authority headed by Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and his councillors this week that he was in possession of the bill.
During the meeting, PML Daily understands that the angry councillors tasked Ouma to explain why KCCA recruits individuals with inhuman acts, to keep law and order in the city.
The council met this week to discuss the death of Olivia Basemera, a vendor who drowned in Nakivubo Channel last week while trying to escape being arrested by KCCA law enforcement team.
City councillors accused the enforcement officers of having caused the death of Basemera. Baker Kawalya, the Rubaga division councillor, brought a motion to the council, suggesting that KCCA should take over the responsibilities of looking after the late Basemera’s three children. The 34 councillors unanimously supported the motion and passed the resolution in support.
Enforcement team heads face interdiction
Mean while, the councillors ordered the executive director of KCCA, Jennifer Musisi, to interdict Kituuma Rusoke, the overall manager of KCCA enforcement force, and Godwin Katugume, the supervisor and operations commander.
It is not yet clear whether Musisi interdicted the two officials as per the council recommendation. During the council meeting, Musisi was not presence to give her legal views on the matter. She was represented by Moses Atwine, the director for physical planning.
After the death of Basemera, four KCCA enforcement officers were arrested and charged with manslaughter before Nakawa Magistrate’s court. They are Moses Tebyasa, Faruk Mpima, Tito Kagiri and Eria Wasswa. They denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Lilian Bichana, and were released on cash bail of Sh500,000 each.
Minister Kamya orders vendors to vacate streets
After the death of Basemera, some vendors demonstrated and chased way all the KCCA enforcement officers on the streets.
The absence of enforcement team prompted the vendors to pour their merchandise on the streets.
But on Thursday, Beti Kamya, the city minister ordered the vendors to vacate the streets, with the immediate effect.