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Lukwago pushes for audit of his impeachment process, puts Justice Bamugemereire fat allowances into the spotlight

The Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago speaks to journalists. The Lord Mayor has ordered an audit for his impeachment process in 2013 (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has ordered for a value-for-money audit into the process that led to his botched impeachment in 2013.

In a September 5 letter to the KCCA director of internal audit, Mr. Moses Bwire, Mr. Lukwago also ordered for another review of the authority’s acquisition and management of Usafi and Wandegeya markets.

Mr Lukwago’s 2013 impeachment by the councillors was quashed by the High Court and now he wants Mr Bwire to review all matters relating to the process from May 2013 to date; all related court litigations and their results; and all the expenses incurred by KCCA.

“Pursuant to the provisions of Section 11 (1) (e) and (f), read together with Section 72 (2) (b) of the Kampala Capital City Authority Act 2011, you are hereby instructed to carry out a special value-for-money audit of all matters concerning the aforesaid botched impeachment of the Lord Mayor of Kampala, 2013 to-date,” Mr Lukwago’s letter reads in part.

According to the letter, Mr Lukwago wants an audit of the allowances of the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led tribunal that investigated him; the legal fees for the lawyers who prosecuted the cases, payments for Metropole Hotel, the venue for the protracted tribunal proceedings; and payments for Lake Victoria Serena Hotel where Justice Bamugemereire-led tribunal was housed to write the disputed report.

On March 28, 2014, High Court judge Mugambe ruled that Lukwago’s impeachment by KCCA on 25th November 2013 was illegal and ordered Lukwago’s reinstatement in office.

About Usafi and Wandegeya markets, the Lord Mayor wants the audit to address issues related to their management and administration of the markets; the allocation and ownership of lock-ups, stalls and open spaces; court cases; and the revenues generated since inception. The audit will also look into the court cases relating to the acquisition, administration, and management of markets.

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