Wednesday August 6 2014

KCCA officials face House over corruption claims

By Yasiin Mugerwa

MPs on the Parliamentary Presidential Affairs Committee have tasked the minister for Kampala, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director Jennifer Musisi, to respond to allegations of corruption in the planned purchase of Usafi market and reports of conflict of interest in the deal.

Mr Tumwebaze told the MPs yesterday that he sent the KCCA Legal Affairs Committee report on the alleged corruption to Ms Musisi with instructions that she answers all the issues raised.
The minister said after receiving corruption complaints, he wrote to Ms Musisi to conduct a forensic audit, and the ED in turn also wrote to the Auditor General (AG). The AG, however, advised KCCA officials to use the services of the Government Chief Valuer.

“I have, investigated this matter and found the allegations of corruption baseless. These rumours on the so-called corruption in Usafi deal are politically engineered schemes to tarnish the image of a hard working team at KCCA,” Mr Tumwebaze said.
Saturday Monitor reported last week that an internal report found dubious payments, mismanagement of contracts, and arbitrary interdiction of staff and what it termed as “stinking corruption” at City Hall. On this, the minister said: “Councillors should always get the right information, not politically motivated rumours.”

During yesterday’s meetings, Mr Yona Musinguzi (Ntungamo), Mr Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka), and Mr Moses Kasibante (Rubaga North) introduced the disputed purchase of Usafi Market at Shs33.8 billion.

The internal KCCA report observed this transaction was “about to be sealed in darkness”. Ms Musisi told the committee the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority has not objected to the transaction. This, though, did little to calm exchanges over the issue.

land under mailo system
Ms Musisi told MPs she has already dismissed about 100 staff over corruption, negligence and incompetence. She also maintained that the land on which Usafi sits is held under the mailo land tenure system and formerly belonged to the Kulubya family, and therefore, the issue of leasing it “does not arise”.