Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director Jennifer Musisi has defied directives from Kampala Minister Beti Kamya to increase salaries of city councilors.
Recently, Kamya approved a 30-percent pay rise for the Kampala Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, Division Mayors and all city Councillors starting this financial year, but Musisi has rejected to effect the increment saying KCCA has no money.
Currently, the Lord Mayor earns a net pay of Shillings 11.4 million Shillings, while division mayors take home 7.15 million Shillings. KCCA Councillors get Shillings 3.15 million and division Councillors earn 2.3 million Shillings.
local news agency Uganda Radio Network spoke to KCCA Councillors who revealed that they have received July salaries without any increment.
“I have received the same salary as I was receiving last financial year. I don’t know why our salaries were not increased as per the minister’s directive. I can’t speak publicly because this is a tricky issue,” one of the Councillors told Uganda Radio Network.
In a July 24, 2017 letter to Musisi, Minister Kamya argues that she is convinced KCCA is capable of meeting the remunerations proposed. Quoting Section 77 of Kampala Capital City Act, 2010, Kamya says salary remunerations can only be determined by Kampala Minister in consultation with Finance and Public Service ministries.
“Nowhere in the KCCA Act 2010 does the executive director, Kampala Capital City Authority have a role in determination of remunerations to be paid to the stated political leaders…you are reminded by the virtue of section 79 (2), (3) and (4) to give effect to any direction/ directive given by the minister…you are expected to implement the directive as communicated,” Kamya said.