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Centenary Park Violence: Musisi Must Resign Before Sunset

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Barbecue is reportedly owned by prominent lawyer Elly Karuhanga.

I do not have evidence to prove this but at least I heard it from Capt. Mike Mukula, also a regular at the venue.

Karuhanga is President Yoweri Museveni’s personal legal advisor, confidant and former MP for Nyabushozi.

Musisi has learnt nothing from the violence that erupted in Luzira after Komakech killed a civilian and injured others during a violent eviction exercise

So, the following day I checked the list of structures KCCA planned to demolish at the Park.

What did I find? Choma Espresso bar and restaurant, Spice Garden Ltd, Chinese Restaurant, Olives, Effendy’s, Vitamin Café, Kidz Avenue, Centenary Unisex salon, Ice Ways, Ronah’s boutique, Diva models and Car Security gardens.

It’s very easy to notice that Effendy’s is just opposite Barbecue. So why was Barbecue not on the list?

Doesn’t this confirm allegations that Musisi is pursuing her own motives far from what we are told?

That aside, the multi-billion Oasis Mall and Garden City are all located on the “green belt.” If Musisi is really determined to protect the “green belt,” why aren’t we seeing these shopping malls owned by wealthy men close to President Museveni on the infamous “demolition list?”

I should say that when Musisi was appointed Kampala boss, some people called me for a “dossier” on her vast wealth which they suspected was not commensurate with her earnings.

They talked of hundreds of plots of prime land in Kampala, buildings in the city centre among other properties.

This dossier was also obtained by some media houses but I later heard that it was exchanged for “adverts.”

The person who had promised to deliver it to me switched off his phones. Truth be told, up to now I am still hunting for that dossier.

I remember at one time I asked Makerere Pastor and good friend Martin Ssempa whether Musisi was “incorruptible, morally upright and professional” as she was being hyped in the media.

I am always suspicious when I see journalists heaping praises on a particular civil servant. Such officials are usually hiding under the cover of the media to protect the skeletons in their closet.

This is what usually happened at National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) under William Muhairwe. When he left office, we discovered that billions had been lost.

Pastor Ssempa assured me that he had worked closely with Musisi during her days in the legal department at Makerere University and found her “perfect, brilliant and left that place without a scandal on her back.”

MUSISI IN ACTION

When Musisi took over Kampala, her first assignment was to kick off almost 10,000 vendors from the streets.

Most of these vendors were old men and women. The street was the only source of revenue for survival of their families.

I remember one day in 2010 I had gone to demand payment for newspapers I had circulated when majority of the vendors told me they had used the money to send back their kids to school!

I now wonder: what happened to these kids? Now what’s their source of livelihood since their parents were kicked off the street?

Nevertheless, Musisi successfully won the battle and the city is slightly cleaner compared to the time when vendors were on streets.

The Middle Class welcomed this initiative because it was tired of a crowded and untidy city.

However, Musisi brought to an end the problem of an untidy city and created another of insecurity.

Between 2007 and 2011, the city was relatively peaceful, with fewer cases of robberies, murder, burglary and pick pocketing.

But when Musisi kicked vendors off the streets, the crime cases hit the roof.

Just two months ago, some thugs broke into my residence and looted everything they could lay their hands on as I watched a soccer match in town.

Komakech aims a gun at unarmed civilians in Luzira

A month earlier, robbers had stormed my brother, Bob’s unfinished house and plucked out window frames.

Another friend of mine Dalton was a victim of burglary. He lost gadgets worth millions of shillings.

At the same time, there is a female friend of mine who works at State House whose friend’s house was also broken into and belongings stolen.

Iron bar hit-men went on rampage, domestic violence worsened (perhaps because of economic hardships), thugs raided residences et al. The city became so insecure.

Musisi was taking one step forward and ten backwards.

According to latest police statistics, the number of murder cases increased in 2011 compared to 2010 in Kampala. (January 04, February 07, March 07, April 12, May 04, June 12 and July 08, a total number of 42 cases.)

If you asked Musisi today where she relocated the vendors, who were swept off the street with untold brutality, she would feel ashamed.

MAPEERA SAGA

There were reports that KCCA intended to demolish Mapeera House which houses Centenary Bank along Kampala road.

This information was true but KCCA chickened out after being assured, according to a friend in State House, by President Museveni to “leave Catholics out of this (demolition exercise).”

Those who have cared to notice, a section of Mapeera House extends to the road reserve following some extensions done on the building.

Interestingly, these extensions to the road reserve were given a nod by KCCA after Ssentongo & Partners, Mapeera House’s architects, submitted a request for approval of the plans on January 19 2011.

On April 6, 2011 the city authority went ahead and assessed the situation before charging Shs Shs1, 488,000 as fees before the approval of the extension plans.

Upon payment, on April 28, 2011, the plans to extend the building to Plot 2 Burton Street, covering 1,488 square metres, were approved by KCCA under approval number 413.

All this happened under the leadership of Musisi.

Musisi reminds me of Israel Premier Binyamin Netanyahu, who recently said those who refuse to set red lines for Iran cannot put red lights before the Jewish country’s plans to strike nuclear sites being developed by the Tehran government.

Musisi fell short of setting red lines for Mapeera House not to cross into the road reserve. She is now posing with red lights before traders who are earning a living from structures at Centenary Park.

Those who want to demolish these structures without providing an alternative are enemies of economic development, innovation and job creation.

Those who are hell-bent on destroying Centenary Park are less concerned about the future of the livelihoods of hundreds who will lose their employment opportunities.

Kyambadde has labeled Musisi as very “insensitive” official perpetrating “terrorist” actions

Musisi lives in dream land – hoping to transform Kampala into a modern, well planned city yet this is not achievable both in the short and long run, when you are fomenting trouble and fanning sentiments at a time when unemployment is on the rise.

If history is a good teacher, Musisi’s actions are cultivating a fertile ground for violence. She has to be stopped.

Matters have been worsened by violence perpetrated by KCCA “thugs,” as Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde labeled them.

It’s very clear that Musisi has forgotten nothing and learnt nothing from the murder of an innocent civilian in Luzira during a violent eviction spearheaded by her henchmen George Agaba and trigger-happy Santos Komakech.

These memories are still fresh in people’s mind.

Musisi, instead is now rubbing salt in the wounds of those she has hurt by allowing her men to brutalise traders during vicious eviction campaigns.

Today morning, KCCA officials nearly undressed Sarah Kizito, Godfrey Nyakaana’s wife during the demolition exercise.

This type of violence is totally indefensible. It’s completely unjustifiable and perpetrators should be asked to relinquish public offices.

Musisi cruises a sleek Range Rover Sport courtesy of taxes paid by those she is brutalizing.

Daily Monitor today carried a sickening picture of a woman bleeding profusely after KCCA “thugs” attacked and rained blows on her head.

John Conyers said it’s not enough for women to speak out on the issue of violence against them, adding, for the message to be strong and consistent; women’s voices must be backed up by men’s.

This militaristic and highhandedness of Musisi must be condemned by all and sundry.

Musisi is doing what she is not supposed to do – her actions are like a sharp pain one feels when a dagger is sunk into one’s heart.

WAY FORWARD

Musisi has to be stopped from portraying violence as the only way to fix Kampala.

Kampala is unfixable. The best option we have is to shift the Capital City from Kampala to perhaps Wakiso or Entebbe.

In 1991, the capital of Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country, was moved from Lagos because of overcrowding. Abuja, a planned city in the central Nigeria, was favoured as better alternative.

You will recall that Almaty, in southern Kazakhstan, was the Kazakh capital when the country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Government officials moved the capital, which had little room to expand, to the northern city of Astana, formerly known as Aqmola, in December 1997.

Even Calcutta, in Eastern India, was the capital of British India until 1911. To facilitate etter administration of India, the capital moved by the British to the northern city of Delhi.

Subsequently, the city of New Delhi was planned and built, and was proclaimed the capital in 1947.

Therefore to end this bloodshed, agony and sense of hopelessness triggered by evictions, I propose that we shift the unfixable Capital City to another district.

What are you reactions?

I rest my case.

(The views expressed herein do not reflect the editorial policy of this website. They are the author’s views.)

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