and Andante Okanya
KAMPALA mayor Nasser Sebaggala wants an explanation from the internal affairs minister, Kirunda Kivejinja, over the heavy deployment of Police at the City Hall.
Sebaggala made the demand in a letter signed by deputy mayor Florence Namayanja.
â€œAs political heads and elected leaders of Kampala district, we have been faced with many queries as to what is taking place,â€ the letter, dated January 12, said. The mayor is reported to be in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
Sebaggala argued that lack of an official explanation to the public, fellow councillors and technical staff had caused unnecessary unrest.
The Police has been deployed at the Kampala City Council (KCC) offices since Sunday following reports that there was a plot to steal vital documents from the town clerkâ€™s office.
Other sources, however, said the plot was intended to throw out town clerk Ruth Kijjambu from her office over delayed renovation of the mayorâ€™s parlour.
The mayor shifted from his office at the City Hall to the former town clerkâ€™s residence on Sezibwa Road to allow renovation of his office.
Last week, the council approved that the building be turned into the official residence for the mayor. The mayorâ€™s official residence on Mabua Road in Kololo was last year taken over by the Government, citing security reasons.
A councillor representing Makerere University said some KCC properties were taken over by powerful individuals without possessing the original land titles.
Apart from the mayorâ€™s residence, he cited a house on Ssezibwa Road in Nakasero, a property on Yusuf Lule Road formerly housing the Somali embassy and a store in industrial area, which houses the KCC workshop.
â€œKCC has a lot of prime property in Kampala valued at billions of shillings which have been taken over by big shots in the Government,â€ Luyiga said.
Sebaggala queries KCC Police deployment