KAMPALA – The chairperson of the Parliament’s Committee Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), Mr Mubarak Munyagwa, has said he is ready to resign if it is proved that he was being bribed by Eng Andrew Kitaka, the acting Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), during their meeting captured on camera.
On Monday, photos of Mr Munyagwa and Eng Kitaka went viral on social media platforms, with reports saying the two discussed how to strike a compromise on the on-going probe into KCCA staff appointments by the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).
But on Tuesday, Mr Munyagwa told journalists at Parliament that the meeting with Eng Kitaka took place at Silver City Restaurant, Garden City in Kampala and was not planned as alleged by the public
“I was only going to the gym when I encountered Eng Kitaka. The problem I have with Kitaka is the delay by the contractor to clear the Lubigi Drainage channel. This was not a secret meeting as some media houses are insinuating. How could I have a secret meeting at a balcony of a restaurant in broad day light?” he said.
COSASE is seeking the dismissal of Mr Moses Atwine, whose recruitment as KCCA Director Physical Planning, has been termed as “unlawful” because he does not have the requisite qualification for the job.
Asked whether their conversation did not touch issues of Mr Atwine, Mr Munyagwa said that Eng Kitaka tried to raise it but it was not necessary because the director [Mr Atwine] “must leave office.”
“Kitaka tried to tell me to let the status quo remain but I told him no. I only want my drainage channel. There is no bribe I can solicit from Kitaba because he has nothing. I failed to cooperate with Jennifer Musisi [former KCCA Executive Director] who had authority, why should I go with Kitaka who is also looking for survival?” Mr Munyagwa asked.