Erias Lukwago, the Kampala Lord Mayor has dismissed the allegations cited in the censure motion by some councilors against him saying they are malicious, unfounded and intended to malign him.
On 15th May 2013, 17 of the 30 KCCA councilors presented a censure motion against Lukwago citing incompetence, abuse of office and misconduct. As a result, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister in charge of Kampala appointed a tribunal chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemerire to hear the petition. The tribunal listened from the petitioners, and invited Lukwago to present his defense.
This morning Lukwago presented a 3000 page defense, in which he denies all the accusations against him. He said the authority for which he is being accused of failing to lead is not fully constituted. Four representatives of professional bodies are yet to be elected to make the required 34 councilors.
Lukwago blamed Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister in charge of Kampala for frustrating efforts to fully constitute the authority. He also said KCCA is faced by ‘industrial inertia’, which has rendered the core organs of the authority useless.
They include the Kampala metropolitan physical planning authority which is mandated to plan for the development of the city and Public Accounts Committee.
According to the evidence tendered before the tribunal, the former minister for Kampala Muruli Mukasa sent Lukwago a list of names of members for appointment to the Kampala metropolitan physical planning authority for approval in a letter dated 10th April 2012, which he endorsed. However, Muruli was transferred from the authority before the members could assume office. To date, Tumwebaze has not appointed the members.
The other organ he says has been crippled is the public accounts committee of the authority. A January 21st 2012 letter from the Lord Mayor shows that five people were nominated for appointment to the Public Accounts Committee. They include Albert Oduman Okello, Maria Sentamu, Kalumba Kassim and Nannono Safina among others. However, their appointment is pending a ministerial approval, a year since they were selected.
When tasked to explain why he used privileged authority information to tarnish the name of the Executive director in the press, Lukwago said he was accountable to the public and that all documents that are delivered to his office are put in public trust.
He emphasized that the audit query for which he was accused of using was delivered to him by a whistle-blower and not the executive director as had been stated by Jennifer Musisi.
However, information provided to the tribunal by Jennifer Musisi shows the document was provided to the Lord Mayor on 16th February 2012 nearly a month after. The tribunal continues investigations into the allegations made by the 17 councilors at Metropole hotel and is expected to provide a report to the Minister of Kampala Frank Tumwebaze by 5th August.