Lukwago Attacks Basajjabalaba for Pinning Him on Pocketing Shs20bn Abattoir Cash
By Serestino Tusingwire
Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, has attacked city tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba for pinning him of pocketing over Shs20billion from an irregular scheme to manage city abattoirs and have threatened to drag him to court if repeats it.
In a response posted on his official Facebook account this afternoon, Lukwago, who is still in Israel on official duties, confirmed receipt of reports that Basajjabalaba has named him in the scam in connection with the mismanagement of the city abattoirs.
“… I will have adequate time to handle the same legally once I return to Kampala though he may not merit a serious response for obvious reasons. I’m alive to the fact that he issued those outlandish statements in a forum that is privileged under the law, I challenge him to repeat the same outside the precincts of parliament and face the full wrath of the law.” Lukwago’s post reads in part.
While appearing before the Parliamentary committee on Presidential Affairs yesterday, Basajjabalaba accused Lukwago and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kale Kayihura of benefitting from about Shs20b collected illegally from livestock traders at city abattoirs.
He noted that despite having been granted a 49 year lease effective June 13, 2001, to manage the abattoirs on plots 1, 2, and 5 on Port Bell Road, the properties were taken over by Lukwago and Kayihura.
He claimed that the lease had been obtained under the Basajjabalaba Hides and Skins (BHS), and revealed that the duo has been collecting Shs10m daily from cattle traders at the abattoirs for the last six years, translating into more than Shs20b, which money he said, is never remitted to KCCA.
Below is Lukwago’s full post
Dear friends, I’m still in Israel on official duties but have received reports that Hassan Basajjabalaba made outrageous, malicious and false allegations against me in connection with the management of City abattoir while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Presidential Affairs yesterday.
I will have adequate time to handle the same legally once I return to Kampala though he may not merrit a serious response for obvious reasons. I’m alive to the fact that he issued those outlandish statements in a forum that is privileged under the law, I challenge him to repeat the same outside the precincts of parliament and face the full wrath of the law.