Jennifer Musisi on Monday announced her plan to resign as the executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in December.
Musisi wrote to President Yoweri Museveni detailing her reasons for throwing in the towel, seven years after holding the position as the most powerful head of the capital’s affairs.
In her 21-page letter dated October 15, Musisi tells Museveni of the frustration at KCCA.
“One of the main challenges has been to reconcile the competing interests between political perspectives/decisions and the strategic plans, policies, regulations and work plans of the KCCA Technical Team,” wrote Musisi.
“Consequently, it has increasingly become difficult to achieve set targets.”
Four Reasons Why Musisi Resigned as KCCA Executive Director
Musisi listed four reasons for calling it quits:
In Jennifer Musisi’s Words…
Your Excellency, the Technical Team and I have had the capacity and commitment to do much more and have more impact on Kampala City than we have but have been constrained by the following challenges:
(i) One of the main challenges has been to reconcile the competing interests between political perspectives / decisions and the strategic plans, policies, regulations and work plans of the KCCA Technical Team. Consequently, it has increasingly become difficult to achieve set targets.
(ii) KCCA is unable to fully meet the Government and Public expectations in City Development Programmes and service delivery demands due to inadequate funding.
(iii) We currently have inadequate permanent staff on account of budget limitations, resulting in prolonged temporary terms of service and job insecurity. This has led to demotivation and high turnover of highly skilled staff. In addition, staff are not adequately facilitated in terms of tools, equipment and vehicles.
(iv) There is inadequate political support to the efforts of the KCCA Technical Team to transform Kampala. Many planned City improvement plans have not received political support and therefore not been implemented.
Uganda makes heavy investments in educating, training and employing professionals. For the Nation to fully benefit from this investment, professionals need to be allowed and supported to advise, develop and implement innovative solutions to the challenges we still face as a developing Nation. KCCA has developed a very competent, professional team that needs to be supported to continue the journey we started.