Following the shock resignation of former Executive Director of KCCA Jennifer Musisi towards the end of last year, city engineer for KCCA Andrew Kitaka was promoted to the top of the KCCA heirachy as acting KCCA Executive Director.
Mr Andrew Kitaka has worked at KCCA as a city engineer for close to 8 years and joins Simon Kaggwa at the NBS studios to share his plans and strategy for Kampala in his new position. On the question about continuing Mrs Jennifer Musisi’s legacy he stated that he aims to finish the programs he found as well as set up new ones. Mr Andrew Kitaka hopes to inject fresh energy into the transformation process of Kampala in order to improve on the living conditions and make Kampala a more livable city. He aims to focus on the general city infrastructure, cleanliness and increase in the revenue base. New projects he talked about included road projects with African Development Bank and Department For International Development for UK as well as traffic control centers and junctions with the help of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The title of “Acting” Executive Director does not seem to deter him however as he stated that he was given the mandate and power to implement all programs planned on top of his personal determination to succeed.
Talking about challenges with the job Mr Kitaka stated that the 477Bn shilling budget assigned to Kampala is quite insufficient for proper implementation of programmes. The budget is supposed to account for hospitals, salaries, garbage collection as well as maintenance of infrastructure. To counter the problem of insufficient funds Mr Kitaka stated they court partners for projects as well as lobby the government for an increase in funds.
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