Following a court ruling declaring Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) not properly constituted to transact business, the authority is in a rush to fill the missing void.
High Court Judge Vincent Zeruhikirize, whilst delivering his ruling on the legality of the tribunal set up to investigate the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, said the Authority is not fully constituted as it lacks four professional body councillors to make the total of 34 councillors.
KCCA spokesperson Peter Kaujju told local media on Monday that the Minister for Presidency Frank Tumwebaze had set in motion regulations for the election of the councillors and that work had commenced with the Electoral Commission to ensure that the councillors are elected.
Under the KCCA act clause 6 (g) one councillor from four professional bodies each is required. The professional bodies mentioned in the act are Uganda Law Society, Uganda Society of Architects, Uganda Medical Association and Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers.
Section 13 (3) of the KCCA act gives the minister powers to formulate regulations in consultation with the electoral commission for the election of the councillors to the authority.
The regulations for the election of the professional body councillors are not yet public but Kaujju says once the process is complete, the public will be able to access the regulations.
A day and date for the appointment of the councilor is yet to be set.
The appointment of the professional body councillors comes at a time when eighteen councillors are petitioning to oust the current Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and will need a two thirds majority vote once the tribunal has completed its findings. The two thirds majority vote is impossible without the four councillors
Outside the politics, the four councillors are also required in the one-thirds majority to pass authority resolutions.
Court findings indicated that previous resolutions passed by the authority were done illegally due to the absence of the four councilors but ruled to let them pass as reversing them would hinder the city’s progress.
The authority has been functioning for the past two years without the councillors which is in itself an illegality.