HOW DAY ONE @ CITY HALL EXCITED KCCA NEW ED KISAKA

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KCCA BOSS: Dorothy Kisaka

NEWS EDITOR

ON her first day in office on Monday, newly appointed Executive Director Dorothy Kiyimba Kisaka sent communication to all senior managers at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) saluting them for the hard work.
Her message that was leaked to this Website reads, “Greetings Colleagues!
Its Monday 3rd Aug¬ust 2020 and its my first day to work with you at KCCA from the ED’s desk. Thank you for the great work you are doing in the city to make it Vibrant, Attractive and Sustainable. I look forward to seeing you soon. You are blessed. DK”

ED Kisaka said it is amazing to work with such a team at City Hall.
Responding to ED’s message, Mr. Sam Sserunkuuma who has been Acting ED now Director Revenue Collection said, “Welcome aboard ED. We are ready to work with you and move the city to the next level.”
Martin Ssekajja, director ICT wrote, “Dear ED, you are most welcome. We shall continue with the transformation of the city with your leadership. Best wishes.”
One Doreen wrote, “We pledge our support to achieve our vision and mission for our dear city and country at large.”
“Dear ED, we are thrilled to have you fill the chair. We are also ready to support you as we progress in the city’s transformational journey.” Said Bornix Nyine. 
Dorothy Kisaka took over from Acting ED Eng. Andrew Kitaka on Thursday July 30th 2020 at a function attended by both the technical and political wings of KCCA.
Kisaka was appointed ED alongside Eng. David Ssali Luyimbazi (Deputy ED) and Ms Grace Akulo the Human Resource Director.

Lord Mayor Lukwago at the ED handover ceremony last Friday

WHAT WAS ED KISAKA’S MAIDEN SPEECH
I greet you Citizens of the great Kampala City!
It gives me great joy to speak at this auspicious occasion where I have taken Oath and pledged to serve Kampala City and also received the mantle of leadership from my predecessor.
Let me begin by expressing my thanks to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda for the trust, he has conferred upon me to serve at the helm of Kampala Capital City Authority as Executive Director. I am greatly honored by this appointment and I embrace the opportunity to serve with great gratitude and humility.
I affirm my readiness to serve the people of Uganda and develop the Capital City of our beautiful Country. I pledge to commit my energies and my daily work to deliver on the City Vision; a Vibrant, Attractive and Sustainable City. So help me Lord!
Let me also thank His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda for identifying my colleagues Engineer David Luyimbazi Ssali, the Deputy Executive Director and Ms Grace Akullo, the Director Administration and Human Resource as part of this team. I congratulate you my colleagues on this elevation to serve the Capital City. Together we shall fulfill the mission of delivering quality services to Kampala City.
In a special way I want to express my gratitude to the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister for his great leadership, mentorship and support for the years I have served at OPM. 
OPM has been the boot camp that has provided me the nurture and skilling needed for this next level of service. I am grateful for the years of training and skilling.
Every promotion in Public Service is a promotion to greater service. It calls for sacrifice, for diligence and a lot of hard work. We will yoke with the KCCA Political and Technical Leadership so that we can effectively deliver quality services to the citizens of Uganda.
Kampala City is a home to all Ugandans. Kampala City is a home to millions of City dwellers from different walks of life, of different languages, and of different political leanings. Despite our diversity, the aspiration is one; the people of Uganda want a vibrant and attractive City.  They want a City that they can proudly call their home.
I congratulate and celebrate our predecessors for articulating the vision and the foundational work they have done in the Capital City since 2011. Laws have been established; systems and governance structures have been established. 
I thank you Hon Minister and your predecessors for providing guidance in this endeavor since inception.  I thank Your Worship the Lord Mayor and the whole Council for the great work you have done in this regard as iron sharpens iron in your Council deliberations. 
I thank you Eng. Andrew Kitaka and the Management Team, for the service you have rendered to Kampala especially in the last twenty months.
We will now together build on the foundation laid as we aspire to scale new heights to meet the aspirations of the people of Uganda. There is no doubt that the strong legacy established by my predecessor Dr. Jennifer Semakula Musisi, will provide a solid foundation for the greater works yet to come.
Hon Minister, we are ready and we are eager to serve. I am looking forward to meeting the KCCA Management and staff in our meetings. I have identified seven areas regarding organizational culture that cut across all directorates, which we shall inculcate in our work for the effective execution of our mandate. 

Dorothy Kisaka swearing in as new CEO at KCCA

The goals of the Technical Team are clearly spelled out in the Strategic Plan but the philosophy of our operations is as follows: –
 1—We shall lead from the front and lead by example. We shall do what we say and avoid duplicity.
2—We must fast track development of the City and achieve the goals set out in the Strategic Plan.
3—We shall pursue a participatory approach with the Citizens of Uganda to nurture the stunning beauty of Kampala City. The staff cannot do it alone. Everyone ought to participate in beautifying his or her neighborhood. It is imperative that we work together to create a City environment that City dwellers and the whole of Uganda will be proud of.
4—We shall work towards minimizing interruptions to development by building bridges that promote peace across the many stakeholders. We cannot develop the City in the midst of unending intentional interruptions. We will promote a culture that says ‘we are bigger than the differences that divide us’. The people of Kampala deserve that. We can all win.
5—We shall serve all Kampala in its diversity and ensure that they are well catered for with basic amenities both in dwelling and trading spaces. Kampala is a melting point for the 56 tribes of Uganda and this diversity must be respected and provided for.
6—We shall promote the rich inherited values bequeathed by our ancestors; that is good neighborliness, hard work, shared wealth, integrity and honesty so that we build strong communities of City dwellers. Both the inner infrastructure and outer infrastructure are important.
7—We shall all pledge to be good stewards of what Uganda has entrusted to us as a Technical Team. We shall not yoke with detractors of development or those who steal public property, or promote divisions that deter development, or eat the bread of laziness, or mistreat City dwellers, or in any way break the law and deter the good work of developing Uganda. We shall be trustworthy stewards of this great trust of Kampala City.  Hon Minister, we know you shall hold us accountable.
 
We begin our tour of service at City Hall at a time when we are facing a peculiar war, the COVID-19 pandemic. For the last four months we have witnessed the citizens of Uganda put on a brave face to fight this pandemic. Our first concern in Kampala is safety for all. I want to thank our teams for the commendable work you are doing to ensure that community infections are minimized.
While we nurse our sick and mourn our dead, let us not be negligent in taking basic precautions to avoid infection.  This pandemic provides us City dwellers an opportunity to improve on City sanitation.
As I conclude, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you Hon Minister for all your endeavors in ensuring that we settle in smoothly. Thank you for organizing the orientation and fast tracking the processes to enable us join our colleagues at City Hall.
I wish to thank the Head of Public Service, Mr. John Mitala for the role you have played today in ensuring that we recognize the magnitude of the work ahead of us.
I thank Your Worship the Lord Mayor and the entire Council, and the Division Councils for warmly welcoming us and we look forward to a cordial working relationship
I thank you Eng. Andrew Kitaka, and the KCCA Management Team for graciously receiving us in a style that observes the SOPs. I particularly thank you for a smooth handover and for the detailed handover brief. I have read it and I look forward to internalizing it.
Allow me to leave you with a scripture from Judeo Christianity attributed to Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew 17:20. It is a one sentence that says:
‘If you have faith, nothing shall be impossible to you’
For God and My Country
I thank you!

ENG. KITAKA’S HANDOVER SPEECH
I welcome you all to this occasion where you will witness the handover of the offices of the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director and Director Administration and Human Resource at Kampala Capital City Authority.

GOOD MAN: Eng. Andrew Kitaka giving speech at the handover function

It has been a great honour for me to serve the people of Kampala and the Nation at large in the capacity of Acting Executive Director for the last 20 months.
I am therefore very grateful to H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda for entrusting me with the great responsibility of administering Kampala City for the last 20 months.
I would like to thank the Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, the Political Leadership of Kampala Capital City Authority, the Management and Staff of Kampala Capital City Authority for the support accorded to me during this period. Together we have achieved a lot in the transformation of Kampala City and I believe the Institution will continue on this trajectory or even better.
The Development Partners; World Bank, JICA, European Union, African Development Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
A number of projects have been completed and others are at various levels of progress, while for some we shall soon do the ground breaking.  I will not enumerate them as the list is quite long.  This year 2020 will see most of them completed.
KCCA has continued to rank very high in accountability and service delivery and is a much respected brand in Uganda and beyond.  We have had unqualified audit reports for three years running including FY 2019/2020.
Automation of Revenue Collection;
e-Government Procurement – KCCA is among the 10 Government institutions that are piloting this;
The soon to come SMART PERMIT for building plan approvals.
Area-wide Traffic Control
The Transformation Journey has not been without challenges and these are some worth mentioning here which need the support of other Government Agencies:
The staffing situation which has demotivated staff.  We have a total of 658 temporary staff working on 4-month contracts since inception;
Inadequate funding which has slowed the pace of Transformation;
Defiance by a large section of the public which has made the enforcement of trade order and protection of our green spaces difficult;
Vandalism and theft of public infrastructure which leads to costly replacements and wastage of the already meagre resources; also posing a danger to the City dwellers etc.
I pledge to support the in-coming Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director in their work and will continue to carry out my mandate as Director Engineering and Technical Services towards our Vision of a Vibrant, Attractive and Sustainable City.
 
For God and My Country
Eng. Andrew Kitaka

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