Uganda’s Minister for Kampala Beti Kamya has appointed Eng. Andrew Kitaka as the acting executive director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
The appointment of Kitaka comes four days after Jennifer Musisi, who was the Executive Director until her surprise resignation mid-October, handed over office last Friday.
Samuel Sserunkuuma who was Jennifer Musisi deputy will act as Kitaka’s second-in-command.
Who is Kitaka?
Andrew Kitaka holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Makerere University and a Master’s degree in Road and Transportation Engineering from IHE/Delt University in the Netherlands.
Kitaka attended Kings College Buddo and Namilyango College for his O and A level, respectively.
He is a registered engineer with the Engineer’s Registration Board (ERB) of Uganda and is a member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE).
His profile further shows that he has attended specialised training courses in urban transportation planning and reform in Japan and Ghana.
Kitaka was on the government delegation to Bogota, Colombia in 2008 to study the state of the art rapid bus transit system for possible implementation in greater Kampala in a bid to alleviate traffic congestion in the city.
He began his engineering career in the private sector with Kagga & Partners Consulting Engineers before he joined public service, working as a projects engineer at the Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU) at the Ministry of Works.
He later joined the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) but later joined the European Union to work as an operations officer in charge of roads infrastructure.
When government rebranded the Kampala City Council (KCC) to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Kitaka was appointed the first director of engineering and technical services, a position he has held to date.
Besides KCCA, he also does consultancy work for both local and international organisations. For instance, in June 2018, he worked as a senior business analyst for Huron Consulting Group in Illinois, Chicago.
He is married to Dr Sabrina Kitaka, a paediatrician at Mulago National Referral Hospital, with whom they have five children.