A new Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director will be named before Friday, Kampala minister Beti Kamya has said Jennifer Musisi’s seven-year tenure at the helm of KCCA comes to an end on Friday following her resignation in October.
“It is the President to appoint the KCCA executive director on the recommendation of the Public Service Commission. If the President asks for my opinion, I will give it,” Kamya said yesterday.
However, she declined to confirm reports that she was vetting possible candidates to replace Musisi.
“It is not my job to vet,” Kamya said.
Asked what would happen if a new executive director is not named by Friday, Kamya said:
“I am waiting for the President to give us a new executive director and the new office bearer will have been named by Friday.”
Musisi, who formerly worked with the Uganda Revenue Authority as the commissioner for legal services and board affairs, was KCCA’s first executive director following the enactment of the KCCA Act in 2010.
An advocate of the High Court and a public administrator, Musisi was appointed to that position in April 2011. She assumed office on April 15, 2011. On February 27, 2014,President Yoweri Museveni re-appointed her for another three-year term.
Her contract was renewed in April 2017, to run from April 15, 2017 until April 14, 2020. Clause 17 (b) of Kampala Capital City Authority Act states that the executive director shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Public Service Commission.
A person shall qualify to be appointed executive director if he or she is of high moral character and proven integrity, and is qualified to be appointed a permanent secretary in a g o v e r n m e n t ministry, it adds.In a letter dated October 15, 2018 which Musisi sent to President Y o w e r i Mu s e v e n I through the Kampala minister, her resignation takes effect on December 15.
“Your Excellency, over the last seven-and-a-half years, we have made progress towards transforming Kampala,” reads a letter which goes onto detail the highlights of KCCA’s achievements.
Musisi also posted on her Twitter handle that her seven years at the helm of KCCA had been
“an arduous and yet very exciting journey as we have worked and seen our city changing, improving a n d beginning to climb out of its challenging history”.
Kampala has seen tremendous improvement under Musisi’s tenure. Some of her achievements include a functional data centre, clients’ center and partnership with international bodies. A top football club, improved road network and sanitation are other key achievements.
Musisi graduated in 1986 from Makerere University with a bachelor of laws degree. The following year, she obtained a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala. Later, Musisi obtained a master of public administration from Makerere University. She also has qualifications in management, taxation, and law from several institutions, including Harvard Law School and George Washington University in the US.