Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula has said she will officially leave office as the executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in mid-December.
Musisi cited political disagreements as one of the factors for throwing in the towel seven years after her appointment.
Throughout her work, the principled Musisi stepped on the toes of mighty politicians and businesspeople – and these didn’t hesitate to threaten to harm her.
In fact, months into office as KCCA ED in 2011, Musisi’s family advised her to quit her job because of the threats.
She also complained of armed men sighted around her office months into office.
Yet she soldiered on for seven years until her shocking announcement on Monday.
Here are some of the times Musisi complained of death threats and what she said.
August 8, 2011, appearing before MPs on the physical infrastructure committee, Musisi said:
“I have received all sorts of threats; threats of spraying acid on me and armed people coming to my office. They call, write and try to poison me.
There is one time, when through my messenger, some people wanted to poison me.”
April 2017 in an interview with NTV Uganda:
“I have had record number of death threat. They come by all means, by phone, through texts, on radio: someone goes on public media and asks people to shoot you. And no one among authorities takes action.
People buy a coffin with your name and carry it down the street and no one takes action.
It [the threat against my life] is part of the package. I didn’t ask for it but over the years I have learnt to put my trust in God because, that is the only way you can remain safe.”
August 2017, Moses Atwine, a KCCA director for planning, told a KCCA council meeting that Musisi was absent because of death threats
“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 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.
It is not something we take lightly as an authority. The executive director ordinarily reports to this authority; now if we have a staff who feels insecure to engage with us, then we have a problem.”