KAMPALA – The newly elected Speaker of Kampala Capital City Authority, Mr Abubaker Kawalya, has pledged to unite city councillors following a bitterly contested election at City Hall.
Kawalya, who was an Independent and backed by NRM, won the election with 17 votes, beating FDC’s Doreen Nyanjura who got 14 votes and Muhammed Segirinya with only one vote. Mr Buruhani Byaruhanga, (Kyambogo University) has been declared the deputy speaker after getting 18 votes while his contender Doreen Sabuka garnered 13.
In his maiden speech after his swearing-in on Thursday, March 5, 2020, Mr Kawalya said through working closely with all stakeholders, he will ensure that there is peace and stability in the city that everyone can enjoy.
“You are all aware that the dignity of this house is very important; so with your cooperation this will not be compromised and as the incoming Speaker, I pledge my full support to all the divisions in their quest for devolution of power (s). All policies or ordinances that will be brought to the table that can bring sanity and unity in the city; I do pledge my support towards them,” he said.
He also called for maximum support from the Executive Director and his technical staff in embracing and implementing council resolutions.
“Honorable Councilors, it is positive energy that will propel us to work towards development. There-fore, this can only be achieved through regular attendance and punctuality in all the various sittings thus setting a perfect example to the people of Kampala and Uganda at large. Honorable Councilors let’s have a resolution that during our tenure we do something different with our time,” Mr Kawalya said.
He also urged councilors and all stakeholders to educate the masses about the importance of green belts and the benefits of its protection.
“If our people learn to take and hold dear of things that are beneficial to all, we shall have a city that is enjoyable to all. As I conclude my speech I once again thank you for trusting me with this office. I am pledging alle-giance and working towards the development of Kampala. Honorable members I do trust that we shall accommodate each other, work in tolerance and openness to achieve all our desired goals and objectives,” he said.