- The audit. The audit will focus on the remuneration of the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led tribunal that investigated and recommended the impeachment of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in 2013.
Kampala. Officials at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have cleared a special audit into the expenditures of the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led tribunal that investigated and recommended the impeachment of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in 2013.
The audit in question will focus on the remuneration of the tribunal, 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 the tribunal was housed to write the disputed report.
On October 1, the KCCA director of Internal Audit, Mr Moses Bwire, wrote to the Lord Mayor indicating how the audit is now underway and explained why the audit report would not be ready for yesterday’s debate in the Authority meeting.
“This is to inform you that the audit process is still underway and hence the reports are not available for consideration by the Authority. I thus suggest that the consideration of the two items by the Authority be deferred until when the reports have been submitted,” Mr Bwire said in the letter seen by this newspaper.
The audit being carried out by the KCCA Internal Audit directorate was ordered by Lord Mayor Lukwago on September 5, and had demanded a report within one month. He also ordered special audit into the alleged mismanagement of Usafi and Wandegeya markets.
According to the invitations sent out to the councillors on Tuesday, Mr Lukwago had listed the consideration of the Internal Auditor’s report on all matters concerning the “botched impeachment” of the Lord Mayor from May 2013 to date as item Number Three.
When contacted yesterday, Mr Lukwago confirmed receiving the director’s letter and explained: “About the audits, our chief internal auditor wrote to me last week, saying that they commenced the audit process but the reports were not ready for consideration by the council. I directed that they expedite the process and present the reports as a matter of urgency.”
Justice Bamugemereire is now heading the probe into land matters and has been known for probing top government officials that appear before her on allegations of either grabbing land or aiding such theft.
But she has also been criticized for disparaging witnesses who appear before her. Her expenditures at the land probe have also been queried by MPs.
The expenditures of the commission that paved the way for the botched impeachment process of Lord Mayor Lukwago were not made public.