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Opposition city councillors to boycott Kyakwanzi leadership training

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago (left) and Kampala minister Beti Kamya. File photo.

KAMPALA–The Opposition city councillors have unanimously agreed not to attend the leadership training at Kyakwanzi Training Institute organized by the Ministry for Kampala.

In the Authority meeting convened on Wednesday at City Hall, councillors said the leadership training is aimed at brain washing them.

FDC has the majority councillors, followed by DP and NRM party has three councilors.

The training is slated for next week starting Sunday.

Kampala minister Beti Kamya last week wrote to the city executive director Jennifer Musisi informing her that the councillors whose names had appeared on the attached list were admitted for leadership training at Kyakwanzi.

Responding to Kamya’s letter, the councillors said the Kyankwanzi programme is an unnecessary venture, describing the institute as an NRM Shrine.

“Therefore, the State should not invade KCCA coffers as par minister Kamya’s letter dated Tuesday October 31, 2017 directing the Executive Director to facilitate the above activity by giving councillors attending allowances,” said Moses Katambu, Kampala Central division councillor.

Katambu said Kamya’s intention is to make sure that President Museveni interfaces with the councilors and there after hoodwink the public that KCCA councillors endorsed the lifting of the Presidential age limit.

Upon receiving the letter from Kamya about training councillors on leadership skills last week, the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago announced that he was to convene a special meeting to discuss the issue.
Lukwago, a strong Museveni critic opposes the amending of article 102(b) of the constitution which bars Ugandans above 75 years to contest for the Presidency while Kamya, a once strong critic of the NRM establishment is in favour of amending the Constitution to scrap term limits.

When contacted, Kamya refused to respond, saying she has serious issues to handle. During yesterday’s authority meeting, Lukwago told the councillors that it was not in order for Kamya to make contact with authority councillors without going through his office.

Meanwhile, FDC has also organized a leadership training programme for its leaders, commencing November 10. Lukwago is expected to officiate the programme.

 

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