For the next couple of days, weeks or even months, the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi maybe rare in public.
Musisi who missed the Council meeting on Wednesday, said she had received death threats from unknown people and, thus the need to review her security.
Moses Atwine who represented Musisi in the Council meeting chaired by Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago, said ‘‘The Executive Director recently received death threats. We have to deal with these threats’’
‘‘Her security is now under review’’ Mr. Atwine added.
“She informed us that she had concerns about her security and indeed her security is under review so she has been advised to first address some of the those issues until she will be free to move around. This particular concern is not specific to this authority even in other engagements she has been constrained to attend as they review her security details”, Atwiine onbserved.
However, councillors wondered whether they are secure in the event that the executive director’s life is threatened. Nakawa councillor Kennedy Okello said the concern should not be taken lightly.
“It is not something we take lightly as an authority. The executive director ordinarily reports to this authority, now if we have a staff under us who feels insecure to engage with us, then we have a problem. I wouldn’t want to take this lightly, Okello added.
However, analysts wondered why anyone would want to kill Musisi at this time when she seems to have taken a back seat. The minister for Kampala Beti Kamya has since taken the driving seat.
‘‘I sometimes fear for my life. This is clearly a thankless job. You put your best energy for the common good but no one believes you. Everyone thinks you are the worst criminal they have ever encountered’’ Musisi told a Red Reporter in a interview two years ago.
Early this year, Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi and his bodyguards were shot dead by unknown assailants about 100 metres from his home in Kulambiro, Nakawa Division in Kampala. He reportedly received several death threats before the assailants came for his life.
“ I and my team have been receiving threats of dealing with us, death threats, threats to burn our homes and property as well as beating us up. I have received personal threats on my phone and through anonymous messages. This is happening almost daily. But like I said, we are dealing with a destroyed society. So we pray and plough on,” Musisi told a local daily when the paper thought her views on Centenary Park crisis.
Who is Jennifer Musisi
Once described as KCCA’s iron lady, Jennifer Musisi attended Tororo Girls School for her O’ Level and for her A’ Level class, she went to Kings College Budo in 1982.
At Makerere University she studied law and a year later obtained a Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Center.
At Makerere University, Musisi also obtained a degree of Master of Public Administration. She also has qualifications in management, taxation, and law from several institutions including Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School and George Washington University.
She served at Makerere University as a Legal Adviser before her appointment as Commissioner Legal Services, before she joined the Board of Affairs in Uganda Revenue Authority
In 2011, she was appointed the first Executive Director of KCCA.