By Muhamad Matovu
With less than ten days to quit office , Kampala Capital City Authority executive Director, Jennifer Musisi chose to find time to make peace with her longtime political enemy- Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago
For more than seven years, Elias Lukwago and, Jennifer Musisi disagreed on almost everything, leaving observers wondering if they had personal issues.
Lukwago is an elected leader, while Musisi is appointed by the President. Museveni first appointed Musisi in 2011 on a three-year contract. The contract was renewed for the third term in April 2017.
To the surprise of everyone, on Wednesday, Jennifer Musisi who is expected to leave office on 15th December 2018, paid a courtesy visit to Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago’s office at City Hall.
The two leaders for first time talked, laughed, and shook hands after several years of political rift and disagreement.
‘ ‘My team and I called on the Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago and his Deputy.’’ Jennifer Musisi posted on her Face book page.
For many years the two leaders claimed to be the political head of KCCA. Analysts say this could have ignited the scuffle between the two.
October this year, Jennifer Musisi tendered in her resignation letter to President Museveni. In a 21-page letter dated October 15, 2018, Musisi said she will cease being executive director of KCCA effective December 15, 2018
Musisi She has been one of the highest earning civil servants taking home more than Ugx. 40m per month.
Lukwago celebrates Musisi’s resignation
Addressing a press conference at his office at City Hall in Kampala, Lukwago said Musisi was disrespectful, obsessed with power and worked with a lot of impunity. Lukwago said in fact Musisi had already resigned from KCCA after absconding from duty and going without leave since 2016.
“Am glad that what we prophesied has come to pass because I cannot hide my excitement. I cannot. It’s a very exciting moment for me. Since last night when I received this news, indeed I couldn’t even sleep because of excitement. Why? Because we have had a rollercoaster life here because of nothing else, but impunity, impunity perpetuated by one person here Madam Jennifer Semakula Musisi. I will not miss you Madam Jennifer Semakula. Good riddance.” Lukwago said.
Lukwago, also accused Musisi of continually being unaccountable and disrespectful to no one but the appointing authority. Lukwago said in essence, Musisi has been earning her humungous salary for the last two years without necessarily doing any work.
“In fact, she has been cheating members of the public. Jennifer has not been working since 2016, Jennifer resigned literally. She last attended the authority meeting – the record I have…the last one was on 27th Febuary 2017. Which institution can have such an accounting officer who has no respect for the authority meeting for the meeting of the supreme making body of the institution?” added Lukwago.
He says Musisi was an opportunist who appeared to be hardworking when KCCA hosted high profile individuals, adding that her resignation was long overdue. However he adds that prior to her departure, Musisi must account for the time she has spent in office.
Musisi is credited for transforming Kampala’s infrastructure and improving the public image of the city although her critics point out that this was done at exorbitant prices.