Saturday November 23 2013

Parliament throws out report on city authority

By Isaac Imaka

Parliament- Parliament has thrown out a controversial report on the Kampala Capital City Authority, casting doubt on its authenticity.

The report was from the Local government and Public service committee investigating the mismanagement and in-fighting at Kampala Capital City Authority.
The Lord Mayor of Kampala, Mr Erias Lukwago, together with some councillors and division mayors, brought the petition to Parliament on matters pertaining to the mismanagement of KCCA.

MPs on Thursday started poking holes in the committee’s report after a group of opposition MPs, led by Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Bakireke Nambooze lifted the lid off what she termed as gross forgeries by the committee leadership, in the report designed to implicate Mr Lukwago.

A report of the Ad hoc Committee chaired by Isingiro Woman MP Grace Byarugaba, put up to investigate the forgery claims, found evidence linking some members of the Public Service and Local Government Committee of forging the minutes of the committee report in favour of KCCA’s executive director Jennifer Musisi.

Authenticity doubted
“The authenticity of the minutes of the reported meeting of May 15, 2013 is highly questionable since the member who reportedly moved the motion (Mr Ignatius Besisira) to adopt the report, denied ever doing so. Besides, the committee could not obtain proof of attendance of the meetings,” the report reads.

In the debate, some MPs attempted to blame the committee clerks for the shoddy work, but opposition MPs stood their ground arguing that if anyone is to be punished, it should be the MPs who used their privilege to over-ride the clerks.

“I would want us to be bold enough to discuss the conduct of our colleagues who prevailed over the clerks. I don’t know whether it’s correct to continue discussing the clerks on the floor,” Ms Angeline Osege (Women Soroti FDC), said.

Ms Nambooze in May told the House that the Public service Committee chairperson, Ms Florence Kintu (Kalungu Woman MP), in connivance with her deputy Raphael Magyezi (Igara West), forged the report.

Ms Kintu and Mr Magyezi denied any wrongdoing even as the ad hoc committee report points out that the committee clerk was excluded at some stage (report writing) and some members were not involved either, casting the report in doubt.
The House agreed that investigations be done afresh.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ruled that she will advise the House on the committee that will handle the investigations on Tuesday.

She, however, complained that the current process of appointing Committee chair is to blame for the poor conduct of committee leadership.

iimaka@ug.nationmedia.com

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