Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago told the tribunal chaired by Catherine Bamugemereire on Thursday that he learns of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) budget through the press.
He was responding to a question from Okello Oryem, one of the members on the tribunal on how KCCA revenues are arrived at.
Lukwago told the tribunal investigating him on allegations of abuse of office that in his tenure as the Lord Mayor, the KCCA council has sat only once to discuss and approve budget estimates which were then discarded by the technical team. He told the tribunal that the budget submitted to parliament for the 2011/12 financial year was entirely different from the one the Authority had discussed and approved.
When asked how he had known about the difference of the budgets, Lukwago said he had learnt from journalists who presented to him the budget asking him to comment on the figures.
According to the evidence presented to the tribunal, Lukwago wrote to Musisi on 11th June 2012 requesting for a copy of the budget presented to parliament for approval, but did not get the budget until the annual reports of KCCA were presented to the Authority later in July.
Musisi, according to evidence before the tribunal, responded to the Lord Mayor on June 13th saying it was the prerogative of the Minister for Kampala to work out the policy statement and the budget.
Section 49 of the KCCA Act 2010 says the Authority has the mandate to formulate, approve and execute budgets for the city.
Lukwago is currently presenting his defence before the tribunal on allegations of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct levied against him by 17 councillors of the authority.
The tribunal setup by Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze has only five days left to produce a report on whether there is evidence to remove the Lord Mayor from office.