Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde and Kalungu Woman MP Florence Kintu have turned down summons to appear before the tribunal investigating Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
The duo were summoned by the tribunal on the request of Lukwago’s legal team to testify before the tribunal on matters regarding the mismanagement of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), and the ongoing feud between Lukwago and Executive Director Jennifer Musisi.
However according to a source close to the tribunal, Kyambadde has written to the tribunal and Lukwago’s lawyers saying the summons cannot be honoured as they didn’t specify what exactly she was to testify against. According to the letter, the minister notes that the knowledge she receives about KCCA is obtained in her line of duty as a cabinet Minister and that she cannot discuss cabinet details before a public forum.
Kyambadde told local media that she could not appear before the tribunal without a clear indication of her role.
Florence Kintu, the author of the controversial Kampala take-over report by the president, has declined to appear before the tribunal. Her reason is that the report was already tabled before Parliament and any of its contents are publically accessible and do not require her personal testimony before the tribunal.
Kintu was the chairperson of the Public Service Committee of Parliament at the time KCCA’s take over report was written. Minister Kyambadde, on the other hand, is named among the people who attended a meeting that agreed to tear down centenary park gardens without KCCA resolution.
In Lukwago’s first appearance before the tribunal, his lawyers led by Medard Sseggona had requested the tribunal to serve witness summons to three government officials including Muruli Mukasa, the state minister for security, to appear before the tribunal to explain their role in the events that have been unfolding at KCCA.
Muruli Mukasa is yet to respond to the summons delivered to him.
Abdu Katuntu, Lukwago’s lead lawyer told local media that they had learnt of the developments and that they will ask the tribunal to compel them to appear.
The tribunal, chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, continued to hear Lukwago’s defence Thursday at Metropole Hotel.