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President’s office releases training programme for city councillors

Kampala minister Beti Kamya says she has evoked her powers to have the councillors attend the training. File photo.

KAMPALA–The Office of the President has released the leadership training programme for the city councillors slated for next week.

According to the programme, PML Daily has seen, the councillors will undergo a week-long training on political education, basic military training, physical training and learning Kiswahili language.

Brig Gen David Kasura-Kyomukama, the director of Kyankwanzi National leadership Institute, who will be in charge of the training programme, said participants will undergo arms training every morning and they will conduct free range exercise.

“Both day and night lessons will be utilized for teaching,” Kyomukama said.

About 230 councillors from the five divisions have registered to attend the training. But City Hall councillors, who are the majority from the opposition, rejected the programme.

They passed resolution, blocking Kampala minister Beti Kamya from using KCCA funds to facilitate the training. Kamya Thursday morning said she has already revoked the resolution, using the powers given to her under section 79 of KCCA Act.

“What they did was illegal. It did not have any legal backing and therefore, I decided to revoke the resolution,” she explained.

Kampala minister under section 79 of the Act has vote powers to revoke any matter passed by the councilors and the Lord Mayor. Kamya said since she took office, councillors have been pressuring her to organize a leadership training for them.

The councillors are still insisting that the funds Kamya requested from KCCA to run the training will be wastage of resources.

“Why doesn’t she use the money given to her ministry to facilitate her politics? KCCA funds are allocated to provide social services,” said Moses Katambu, the Kampala Central division councillor.

Last week, the authority told the city executive director not to release funds for Kyakwanzi training retreat.

Kamya’s critics doubt whether the training is for empowering councilors with skills, adding that she only wants to hoodwink President Museveni that the political leadership supports the lifting of age limit. Kamya confirmed that the President will officially open the training retreat.

“This has nothing to do with the lifting of age limit. That business is handled by MPs,” Kamya added.

Kamya, who was a sharp critic of Museveni until recently, said she is now working hard to deliver Kampala city to President Museveni.

“I am busy meeting people in the informal sector. About 800,000 in informal sector want peace but they have not been voting. This time I want them to vote Museveni,” Kamya said.

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