KCCA, Stop the Sugar Coated Incompetence

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Thanks to @jameswire for this piece – I absolutely agree.

A visit to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Website led me to read about the Directorate of Physical Planning and I saw these opening lines, “To plan the development of the functional urba…

Source: KCCA, Stop the Sugar Coated Incompetence

In Awe… a firm foundation

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I am in awe of my City’s Executive Director, Jeniffer Semakula Musisi.

Its been 3 years since she’s stepped into office. Kampala has started to feel like a city. There’s a lot of things that have been said, about her style of work and her methods. I listened to her one day, when she pleaded her case before Kampalans – we had forgotten what the difference was, between right and wrong. We had lived for so long in a dysfunctional city, that we had become used to it.

Today, I exchanged emails with the ED, and i learned something new. In her email signature, just below her name was a scripture. So i dug it up –

Ezekiel 36:33-36 New International Version (NIV)

33 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” 36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’

Yes, its common knowledge that the ED is a bible professing christian, and so you can expect some biblical influences in her life. Uganda is said to be over 60% christian, but when you walk through Kampala, and see how we drive, and where we trash, you have to wonder if any of the biblical influences of stewardship have infiltrated our hearts.

So, this is why am in awe, that my city’s ED is influenced by a passage of scripture that brings hope to a city in ruins like Kampala! Is it the reason she fearlessly goes about her work? Indeed, Kampala is shaping up and is looking more beautiful and inhabited by the day.

The neglected land will be worked again, no longer overgrown with weeds and thistles, worthless in the eyes of passersby. People will exclaim, “Why, this weed patch has been turned into a Garden of Eden! And the ruined cities, smashed into oblivion, are now thriving!” Ezekiel 36:33-36 (The Message Bible)

Thats how the Message Bible puts it.

There is an air of hope and optimism about this city. I dont think its enough for one woman (even at the helm) to be greatly inspired to make this city liveable and thriving, its time for each one of us to ask ourselves – what will your role be in rebuilding this city? You may not be equally inspired by the Bible, but what is it you commit to do in making this city grow and prosper?

Jennifer Semakula Musisi will rally us towards a better city, but the bigger challenge is how many of us (christian or not) will choose to walk with her, as we make this city the best place to raise our children’s children!

I will, what about you?!


Save My City!

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So its official, Kampala might as well be called Boda Central! When you are named Banana Republic, then you can understand why so many things go rotten quickly, and why its always slippery if you step on the peels.

I am sick to my stomach, and angry at the sight of a Police Officer (Director of Operations) standing on a make shift stage, along side an unidentified man, who is rallying Boda Boda cyclists against the impending registration and re-ordering of their operation within the city; and ordering the Capital City Authority to withdraw the registration instructions.

Who is this man? Does he live in Kampala? How long has he lived in Kampala? How many Boda Bodas does he have? How much, in taxes, does he pay every year? How much has he actually paid, proof of which he has? Am just trying to establish the moral and positional authority, especially on behalf of the 3.5 million persons who live in Kampala, against which he can stand and order disobedience of a public instruction of a city authority…

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CSI in Kampala

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Work with me on this one, we know the drill, right?

“Hello 112”

“This is 112 – Police Emmergency” 

“Hello, there’s been a shooting, its outside my shop here in Luzira. these KCCA people”

“Dispatch Kampala South East, Shoots Fired, Armed KCCA units Reported, Luzira, Business Area…”


and it goes on, as officer and by-stander try to recreate the scene of the recent Luzira Shooting. Fast Foward to a Police presence, that is equipped to near levels as popular TV Drama Crime Scene Investigation – CSI-NY; and you have yourself a conundrum…

1. Who is Komakech? Does he have any history of Violence? Let alone, armed violence?

2. Was there Motive to shoot?

3. Was there motive to shoot to kill?

4. Which Gun did Komakech have on that day? Under who was it registered? When was it purchased? From Where?

5. Which gun fired the killer shot? 

6. Whose finger prints are on the gun that fired the killer shot? When were these lifted?

7. How many rounds were fired?

8. How many shells were recovered from the scene?

9. Where was the shooter standing when the killer shot was fired?

10. where was the vic when the shot got to them?

11. Were there any rounds recovered from the scene of murder?

12. Are the striations on those rounds consistent with all rounds fired from the killer weapon?

13. Is it possible there was another shooter not recorded on media footage?

14. Is it possible the killer bullet was stray? – Oh BTW Ugandans, there is such a thing as a stray bullet

15. Was all the evidence gathered from the Crime Scene?

16. Is the escape car, part of this evidence? If so, is it at a Police Station?

17. Has the Killer bullet been recovered from the victim?

18. Was the shot itself fatal, OR was it the results of the shot, like bleeding to death?

19. Can we rule out infection of the gunshot wound being at all a cause of death?

20. How big was the Crime Scene? How insulated was it from public intereference since sunday?


In CSI, answers to these questions would take even a couple of weeks, and quite foreseeably, DPPs would be itching to get their hands on the ‘evidence’ to be able to press charges – and rightly so appease the masses. The procedures to answering these questions are quite meticulous, intentional and usually thoroughly conclusive.

All manner of skill, expertise and equipment are placed on display, usually, the state (of New York) will win the case on scientifically accurate, forensics evidence, and the lawyering on probable cause and motive is greatly helped by this evidence.

I wonder, DPP has already pressed charges for Murder – but i dare ask, how many of those 20 (and possibly more questions) can the Investigative department of Police, conclusively answer, right away. (Since Sunday).

I wonder, can we have a CSI in Kampala?

Traffic Lesson to Cops

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This is only here, incase  it does not meet editorial standards for NMG.

I feel the need to educate Traffic Police on how to manage the now expanded Gayaza Road, especially at Kalerwe.

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Oh (all) for Pete’s sake…

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What were you doing up at 3 am, in order for you to know your votes were being stolen (or his being stuffed)?
And how come you do not have any individual arrested at that time? Yet you were there?

You insist voting started at 4am, were you there to confirm? If so, did you check the ballot box and it was empty? If not, why did you proceed with voting? If not, then recall your statement that voting began that early. You are just speculating, you are not any different from Election observers!

And why is it that after the stuffing, you now want one person disqualified? Oh give me a break, did you see him stuff? do you have any decent proof other than paranoia?

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