Why KCCA directors are dropping juicy jobs

KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi. File photo.

KAMPALA–About 15 technical people joined KCCA in 2011, when it was transiting from the district status to be under the supervision of the Office of the President.

Some of the technical people hired became directors, with Jennifer Musisi, being the city executive director.
And by 2017, 11 out of 15 had faced the exit and the latest is Daniel Kyambadde, the former director of Treasury services, who resigned this week.

One wonders why someone can quit a job that pays them over Shs20m with other benefits.
Some insiders at City Hall told PML Daily that a number of reasons are forcing KCCA top brains to resign.

“Times come when you say enough is enough. They got tired of being undermined,” a source said.

And others according to the same source get tired of being figure heads of departments when sensitive and juicy assignments are done by their juniors.

“Juicy deals are done by the juniors officers who have got godfathers in the government. You only earn salaries,” a source added.

Politics of intrigue
Like any other government institution, you cannot survive at KCCA unless you have mastered the politics of intrigue.

Dr Judith Tukahiirwa, the former KCCA deputy executive director, is a witness to this. She announced in October last year that part of the reasons why she resigned was because of intrigue.

“She would not handle the intrigue at KCCA. Those who know the game, have survived and earning high salaries,” a source explained.

Other directors who have resigned include Jennifer Kaggwa, the former KCCA director of Human Resource and Mike Okua, the former legal director. Kaggwa joined Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) while Okua is in private legal practices.

Other sources also revealed that some of the employees resign to run from showing accountability.

And some directorates like the legal is currently battling several court cases amounting to more than Shs6b. It remains unclear whether it’s one of the reasons why Okua resigned.

Lukwago’s take
Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is not surprised why the technical people are resigning. He said invisible hands run the show at City Hall.

But Kampala minister Beti Kamya asked the Public Service Commission to stream the system. She wondered why KCCA was applying quarterly contract basis for professionals.

Sources at the minister’s office revealed that the report from the commission will be ready next week.
“The minister wants to change the recruitment system so that KCCA retains professionals. And they be allowed to do their work in a professional way,” a source explained.



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