Uganda’s Parliament has rejected the initial report that appeared to recommend President Yoweri Museveni take over management of Kampala city.
The House instead adopted a report by a select committee of parliament which accused Members of Parliament (MPs) Rafeal Magyezi and Florence Kintu of forgery.
The initial Public Service and Local Government Committee report was as a result of a petition by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to Parliament on the mismanagement of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
The Select Committee that was chaired by MP Byarugaba Grace Isingoma recommended to parliament that the report of the committee of public service and local government be rejected and parliament considers the Lord Mayor Lukwago’s petition afresh.
This select committee noted that in the absence of a credible record of proceedings of the committee in its investigations coupled with the fundamental irregularities surrounding the process of writing the report ultimately affected the validity and authenticity of the report.
Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke, one of the sponsors of Lord Mayor Lukwago petition to Parliament, sparked off an inquiry in the public service committee report after questioning its authenticity noting that it was drafted on a Sunday and in MP Florence Kintu’s office.
The Select Committee report recommended to parliament that minutes of the committee of public service and local government for a meeting that was held in MP Kintu Florence’s office and drafted a committee report without a clerk be expunged from records of Parliament.
It further recommended that the House interests itself in the motives and actions of MP Kintu Florence, the chairperson of the Public Service Committee, and her Vice Chairperson MP Rafael Magyezi in respect of the exclusion of the committee clerk from the committee meeting.
It also recommended that the two be investigated for the importation of issues that were never discussed into the committee report.
However, previously the two MPs argued that they drafted the report without a clerk saying that he had exhibited incompetence.
The Select Committee recommended to parliament that the leadership of parliamentary committees should desist from writing committee reports and where the competence of the committee clerk is questionable; the relevant authorities of the parliamentary service should be informed.
Parliament adopted the select committee report and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga noted that she will name the committee to handle the Lord Mayor’s petition afresh next week.