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The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa has asked the Presidential Affairs Committee to include a clause in the KCCA Amendment Bill that provides for co-ordination between urban authorities in Greater Kampala Metropolitan Region.

She made the proposal during a harmonization meeting between members of the Presidential Affairs Committee and several cabinet ministers over the government decision to drop a proposal to create the Kampala Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority.

This was one of the provisions in the 2010 KCCA act whose amendments are currently being scrutinized by the Presidential Affairs Committee chaired by Adjumani Woman MP, Jessica Ababiku. The provision for the creation of a Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority-MPPA met resistance from several urban authorities neighboring Kampala.

The MPPA was provided for under Section 21 of the 2010 KCCA Act. The MPPA was expected to handle planning issues within capital city and the neighboring Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi districts. However, the plan has remained on paper since the Act didn't provide for its operationalization.

The MPPA was supposed to plan major transportation, infrastructure, recreational parks, tree planting, approving capital city, municipal and town structure plans. It was meant to oversee and monitor the execution of the Metropolitan Authority Development Plan.

During the meeting, the State Minster for Urban Planning, Isaac Musumba, said the planning units in the different metropolitan areas of Mukono, Wakiso and Entebbe can work together to execute coordinated physical planning with KCCA, which would be subject to monitoring by his ministry in line with the National Physical Master Plan.

The Kampala Minister, Beti Kamya noted the need to develop modalities of working together through a mechanism that wouldn't compromise the integrity and jurisdiction of various urban local governments.

The Local Government Minister, Tom Butime refused to offer his views on the proposal until cabinet fully discusses the matter, which made some MPs to accuse the ministers of failing to reach a harmonized position on the proposal to scrap the creation of a fully-fledged authority.

The Makindye East MP, Ibrahim Kasozi expressed his disappointment with the cabinet and ministers.

The Presidential Affairs Committee Chairperson, Jessica Ababiku had earlier assured the meeting that during their tour of the urban local governments, it was discovered that they are not opposed to working with KCCA on planning but are concerned about how the governance issues will be streamlined.

The meeting had to reach consensus before presenting a report on the floor of parliament, which compelled the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa to propose for the inclusion of a clause that compels the urban authorities to plan together.


UK Rejects Demands for Travel Ban on Gov't Leaders



The United Kingdom Government has rejected calls to impose sanctions on Uganda government officials.

During a debate on democracy in Uganda, held in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Stockton South MP Dr Paul Williams proposed that UK imposes a travel ban on government officials who are corrupt and accused of violation of human rights.

However the British State Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Harriett Baldwin said that as a sovereign nation, Uganda's political and economic choices are matters for the Ugandan government and its people.

She said relations between Uganda and UK have recently been revitalized. Baldwin cited President Museveni's visit to the UK twice in 2018 for the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting and for the illegal wildlife trade conference.

Baldwin, however, assured the House of Commons that UK is supporting the growth of strong institutions that will support Uganda's coherent and effective development.

Baldwin said UK has been working with international partners to promote the growth of vibrant democratic accountability. She said UK has spent more than 30 million GB pounds since 2014 to strengthen institutions of government which support democratic freedoms and advocate for equal treatment of Ugandans.

Baldwin said UK can't stop providing aid to Ugandan because its development assistance goes to the needy. She said UK is not supporting military training in Uganda, apart from assistance for African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The motion to debate democracy in Uganda was tabled by Dr Williams in December. It garnered support from both Labour Party, Conservative, Democratic Unionists and Independent legislators.



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