sale http://cloudninerealtime.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-order.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Lukwago, clad in a black suit and an orange white stripped neck-tie arrived at the tribunal a few minutes after 10 am. After talking to his lawyers, he took to the witnesses’ chair.
While responding to the accusation of taking advantage of a document in his office and using it to malign the technical staff, he acknowledged receipt of the said document.
“By the time I received the Document, I was faced with frustration having been denied information of the records of the financial transactions of the Authority (KCCA) – an Authority with no Audit system or Public Accounts Committee,” Lukwago said.
Lukwago also told court that he received this document from people whom he called whistleblowers.
“I raised this matter in the Auditor General’s office and later, I personally took it to Parliament for further investigation”.
The said document had a lot of issues; issues of money, competence of staff and committee of staff getting a lot of money in form of over time.
Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago swearing to tell the truth before the Tribunal
It cited examples of the driver to the Executive Director, Jenifer Musisi who was supposed to receive Shs 1.8 million as salary but however, he would receive an extra of over Shs 5 million as overtime pay, thus bagging over 8 million per month.
The document also stated that there were a lot of names which were not on the KCCA pay roll but were still paid. The document pointed out a one Lukambuzi, who was an employee of URA “but in just two months, had withdrawn over 100 million from the KCCA coffers.”
He however denied having made this document public saying he was only doing his oversight role and he only handled the document within the Authority premises and only in forums where they were supposed to be presented.
After having raised the matter early last year, he said they were still waiting for a report from parliament. Court was adjourned an hour after which he is to present the second part of his testimony.
Abdu Katuntu, the lead Counsel for Lukwago’s legal team
In their submissions, the 17 councillors who want Lukwago impeached, stated that Lukwago used a document he received in his office in his capacity as Lord Mayor to malign the technical staff of KCCA.
Presidency and Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze formed the tribunal to investigate claims by KCCA councilors that Lukwago was incompetent, abused office and used inciting language.
Tumwebaze said the tribunal was set up pursuant to section 12 of the Kampala Capital City Act, 2010, and after due consultations with the Attorney General and Chief Justice of Uganda to inquire into the allegations against the Lord Mayor.
Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago before the Tribunal on Tuesday in Kampala
Hon. Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is chairing the hearing comprising Mrs. J.A Ocaya Lakidi and Mr Alfred Okello Oryem as members.
The report is expected next month.