Lukwago: Kampala Has No Physical Plan

pilule geneva; font-size: small;”>Lukwago said this in response to accusations that he has been against developmental projects in the city, information pills a claim brought against him by the 17 councilors who want him impeached.

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“The institution is in shambles, right from the time of inception. The absence of organs like – the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority has made my work difficult,” he testified before the Tribunal on Tuesday in Kampala.

He added: “The Metropolitan Planning Authority is an engine for the development of the Kampala.”

Lukwago said his work is to oversee the activities of the Metropolitan Development Plan however; it has not been place since it expired in 2004 after a period of ten years.

Erias Lukwago after giving his testimony before the Tribunal

He attributed this to the reluctance of the former Kampala Ministers who didn’t take time to follow up the issue.

“For Beatrice Wabudeya I can’t blame her because she stayed for only a short period of time. Masiko Kabakumba) didn’t try to take any step at all and it was only Hon. Mukasa who tried following up the matter,” Lukwago said.

Lukwago also told court that at one time Hon Mululi Mukasa wrote to him a confidential letter proposing members of the Planning Authority. “He proposed Ian Kyeyune as Chairman, William Bazeyo, Nathan Batungi, Geofrey Kawese, and a one Were as members.

He claims he welcomed the idea and even though he couldn’t rule out on the competence of Kyeyune, “I suggested that since he was involved in active politics, he shouldn’t be put on the technical team,” said Lukwago.

The Lord Mayor also alleged that the Authority lacks urban councils. “The urban councils are dead, they do not have funds or a single account. It took over two years to get town clerks, who are more less messengers,” he said.

“My work is to monitor the administration of the Capital City, I play an oversight role and as provided by section 58 of the KCCA Act of 2010, which states that there shall be a Public Accounts Committee though this has been absent since the inspection of the Authority,” Lukwago added.

He said claims that in June 2012, he requested the Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze to approve the members of PAC he had recommended but it was all in vain. “Even up to now, there has been no published report of contracts committee.”

Meanwhile, court was adjourned to Thursday for the next hearing. This followed Lukwago’s request that he will not be available on Wednesday since he will be attending launch of the royal mile and tree planting basing on Buganda totems (clans) to be inaugurated by His Majesty Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

The 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.

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.

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