Opposition Members of Parliament have expressed concern over the move to rush the election of professional bodies’ representatives to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
They claim the election should have waited for the KCCA tribunal to release a report into its recent investigations on the competence of the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
In a communiqué authored by the Leader of Opposition Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the MP’s allege that the elections are aimed at fully constituting KCCA before the Tribunal report is released in order to push forward a plan to impeach Lukwago.
The communication was delivered by Shadow Minister for Information and National Guidance Ibrahim Semujju Nganda.
“The report of the Tribunal Investigating the Lord Mayor which was long finished has had to be shelved indefinitely awaiting the full constitution of the Authority to impeach the Lord Mayor. So it is clear that the professional councillors are being elected for one role; to impeach the Lord Mayor for alleged offences committed in their absence”, reads the communiqué.
Recently the Electoral Commission (EC) announced plans to hold the election for representatives of professional bodies to KCCA on 19th November 2013. However in what the opposition dubbed ‘a suspicious turn of events,’ the commission released a separate program to the press with November 15th as the appointed date for the election.
The professional bodies to be elected are the Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers, Uganda Society of Architects, Uganda Medical Association and Uganda Law Society. Nonetheless Ssemujju notes that the said elections are being organized without prior knowledge of the members of the said professional bodies.
He says that the election contravenes all known legal procedures in Uganda on grounds that the time allowed for individuals especially Civil Servants with interests is insufficient since the law requires them to resign their offices at least 30 days before nominations.