A Makerere University don has questioned Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) methods of evicting vendors.
Speaking during the half day Public dialogue session that was held at Victoria University, Professor Dr. Sabit Makara from Makerere University expressed need for government to build Institutions so as to enable, support and protect the majority urban poor like the street vendors who are the youths, other than evicting them in disguise of development.
He said, women and urban youth are very fundamental when it comes to strategizing for the realization of urban government and development in Uganda but stake holders including the urban managers and elected political leaders in urban councils, seem to have failed to work together towards the realization urban governance and development through them
Through organizing Public Dialogues, Victoria University in partnership with Centre for Urban Studies and Research, aim at starting on new strategies that will enable them get over lasting solutions for the prevailing conflicts and misunderstandings among the urban managers and elected political leaders in urban councils.
The Half day Public dialogue also focused on getting medicine on how to promote good Urban- Governance in Uganda, challenges youths and women face, and the Opportunities both formal and informal sectors can benefit when involved in the process.
Meanwhile, Dr. Amin Kiggundu, of Centre for Urban Studies and Research (CFUSR) observed that politics and administration in urban development are inseparable, citing an example of Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s Erias Lukwago and Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula. “The two people should avoid populism and accept to co-exist.
He added that, monitoring and evaluation of projects in Kampala should not be for only politicians and appointed managers, but should be a collective responsibility, engaging all state holders in addition to exploring ways of generating local revenue including the formal sector other than embarking on evicting the ordinary people with intent of keeping only the rich in the city.
In his submission, still, Dr. Amin Kiggundu also expressed need for the redefinition of the ‘informal sector’ so that more taxes are collected to enhance improvement of day today running of cities, municipalities, rural and semi-urban areas in the country.
“We need an inclusive city if good governance is to be realized for example, Kenya’s Nairobi City has a budget that is three times higher than that of Kampala yet the biggest percentage is collected from the local community,” said Kiggundu.
Besides, Rev. Fr. Dr. Pascal Kabura, of Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) said, respecting peoples’ voices and allowing them to be part of the monitoring team for the services provided by the concerned service provider, is one of the crucial aspects that need to be considered to enhance good governance and urban development.
During the Dialogue, Ivan Katongole who represented Kampala Capital City Authority’s Executive Director Jenifer Nakku Musisi Ssemakula, he said, there is need for the enactment of the Physical Planners Registrations Bill and approval of the National Urban Policy to guide urban development and governance in the country.
In addition, Maximus Byamukama who represented VU Vice Chancellor, Dr. Stephen Robert Isabalija, said come August this year, in a bid to fill the existing knowledge gaps and building capacity at Municipal levels, VU in partnership with CFUSR will start offering courses on Urban Governance and Development.