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Govt Accused of Smuggling Clauses into the New KCCA Act

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has directed the Parliamentary legal department to revisit the Hansard and investigate claims that some clauses were smuggled into the recently approved Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Act without the knowledge of the house.

This follows claims by MPs led by Betty Nambooze (Mukono Municipality) that the KCCA Act assented to by the President is different from the one passed by Parliament.

In August 2019, Parliament passed the KCCA amendment bill which was later on assented to by the President in December 2019. But during plenary on Wednesday Nambooze claimed that some clauses had been smuggled into the Act.

Nambooze claimed that the current KCCA Act calls for the establishment of the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority yet this provision had been rejected by Parliament.

“When this Parliament sat to consider the KCCA Amendment Act, the house unanimously rejected the idea of the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority and recommended the deletion of section 21 that talked about the same. When you look at the law that was assented to by the President and gazetted, it provides for the metropolitan physical planning authority that is to be coordinated by the Kampala Minister,” she said.

Nambooze, who is also the Shadow Minister for Kampala, added that the new Act introduces the Metropolitan Police which was never considered in the amendments by the house.

“Never at any one time when we were debating the amendment of the KCCA Act did this House consider anything to do with the Metropolitan Police. However, in the gazetted law, there is a clause that talks about the Metropolitan Police and that the same was drawn into the amendment as one of the matters handled in this house,” she said.

In response, Oulanyah instructed the General Council-Office of Legal and Legislative Affairs to look at the Hansard and at the text the President has assented to and if there are variances they find ways of harmonizing them.

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