Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has appointed Makerere University Kampala Woman councilor Doreen Nyanjura to the position of deputy lord mayor after Makindye East Councillor and hitherto second in City Hall political command Sarah Kanyike resigned her position for a nomination by President Yoweri Museveni.
Immediately Lukwago swung into action, turning guns in Kanyike’s direction. Kanyike refused to pick Lukwago’s calls, in his explanation, and he demanded she comes out clean in three days.
After this failed, Lukwago lost no time but went ahead to pick on his friend Nyanjura at City Hall.
Lukwago made the announcement on Thursday morning, after the expiry of his three-day ultimatum to Mrs Kanyike, who represents Makindye East at KCCA.
Mrs Kanyike was appointed by President Museveni last week as one of the directors of KCCA.
They included Kanyike, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda’s governance advisor Dorothy Kisaka who is set to replace acting Executive Director Eng Andrew Kitaka, and Eng David Luyimbazi Ssali as her deputy replacing Sam Sserunkuma.
Lukwago’s deputy since 2016, Kanyike rejected the Lord Mayor’s advice to decline the new job offer as Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) director for gender, community services and production. In his letter to the Public Service Commission announcing the new changes at KCCA, Museveni said his team had “used integrity hunting to identify” the nominees.
Ms Kanyike on however has said that she is still the official Deputy Lord Mayor of KCCA. “As far as I am concerned, I am still the deputy Lord Mayor of Kampala and councillor for Makindye East. I am also reading from social media that I was appointed somewhere. There is no official communication,” Ms Kanyike said.
This year, after the introduction of the KCCA executive arm in the KCCA 2020 Amendment Act, Kanyike was appointed as the executive secretary in charge of gender and also the Leader of Government Business at KCCA.