All KCCA Directors and staff at City hall have today commenced with their fourteen-day self-isolation period after four of their colleagues tested positive of COVID19.
Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago the head of political wing at KCCA, however, has refused to go into self-isolation as directed by Hon Betty Amongi, the minister for Kampala.
Lukwago argues that it’s a wrong decision for the Minster to send away all staff without first convening a crisis meeting to discuss how to handle patent issues and business continuity at the institution throughout this period.
“The same(minister) also canceled the Authority Meeting which was supposed to deliberate on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the post-Covid-19 lock-down era and all these mechanisms had received the blessing of the Executive,” said Lukwago.
He further explained thus, “other urgent matters that were being and needed to be handled include financial issues, stimulus package for the urban poor including the tax waivers for trade licenses, market dues and commercial user fees, the legality of the procurement procedures at KCCA and the Constitution of the Kampala District Land Board.”
Lukwago said that everybody is concerned about the virus which has caused him to obey all SOPs on top of personally testing for COVID19 on several occasions where his results have come out Negative.
“There is a need to act in a manner that will leave the authority with a few selected staff to continue with the operations,” Lukwago noted.
However, he has ordered all his office staff to go into self-isolation for 14 days as their fellow colleagues in the Executive wing.
On Friday four employees at KCCA were evacuated by the Ministry of Health team after testing Positive of Coronavirus.
This brought work to a standstill and thus leading to the closure of numerous offices which will as such be out of public reach for some days.