Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has rejected a decision to send all staff of Kampala Capital City Authority Offices at City Hall on self-isolation saying operations must go on amidst COVID-19.
Lukwago’s argument comes after the Minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs Betty Amongi announced the closure of City Hall over the weekend after four staff tested positive for COVID-19.
City Hall remained closed on Monday and the KCCA Council meetings didn’t happen.
Besides that, an official on the COVID-19 task force of KCCA was keenly observed rotating the premises with a list of people who should self-isolate.
Lukwago says they will consider working with a few critical individual staff except for directorates within where they have identified cases.
The lord mayor said that the Minister needs to put in place measures that enable operations to continue at City Hall but with standard operating procedures- SOPs.
Lukwago says the Executive Committee of KCCA will identify staff to continue operating to avoid any blockage to service delivery.
The acting Executive Director ED KCCA Andrew Kitaka has In a 5th June letter, encouraged the staff that must report to the office to first pass by the city hall clinic before setting foot at their designated work station today.
He has also advised other staff to work from within a distance if they must not report to the office.
Testing of staff at KCCA commenced on Monday after the Kampala Minister Betty Amongi ordered it following 4 staff at KCCA who teated positive for the virus.
The staff including a cleaner, driver, and two technical staff who presented with signs and symptoms of COVID -19 were picked on Friday last week up by an emergency response team from office after testing positive for the virus.