Chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) Mubarak Munyagwa Serunga has dismissed bribery allegations in the midst of a probe into Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA).
This follows a photo of him sitting with acting KCCA Executive Director, Andrew Kitaka at a city restaurant.
Speaking today, Munyagwa claimed he ran into Kitaka nine days ago as he was going for a fitness routine at Silver City restaurant but that nothing was exchanged between them.
Munyagwa says that although money is irresistible, he is not so unwise as to solicit money in an open public place with CCTV cameras.
“Kitaka has no money, he is just a poor man,” he added. “What can Kitaka offer you? I met him as I was going to the gym. I went to his table he was having a cup of tea and I met him. He tried to plead with me on a number of issues but I told him no I am here to get my drainage fixed” he said.
Munyagwa also attributed the viral photo to KCCA’s physical planning director Moses Kanuniira Atwiine whom he claims took it purposely to injure his reputation.
Munyagwa says it is written nowhere that he must not meet a witness.
“Which secret meeting, because I am COSASE chairman you mean if I meet Kagina in a super market I should just run away?”
Munywgwa nonetheless vowed not to relent in his push to have Atwiine kicked out of office for “lack of adequate qualifications required for the physical planning docket.”
“Atwiine maybe can do a good job in Kiruhuura, Nyabushozi teaching people how to wash their hands after visiting pit latrines. But he cannot plan for the capital city of Uganda”, Munyagwa further states.
In the heat of the probe into KCCA, Munyagwa says Atwiine sent a USD 50,000 bribe through that he had sent through his emissary Nicholas Twinematsiko but he refused to cooperate.
Separately, he says attempts by former KCCA head Jennifer Musisi several attempts were made to compromise him using women but he turned them down.
This is not the first time; Munyagwa name is associated with bribery. In March this year, he appeared before the Anti- Corruption court to on charges of defrauding a businessman of shillings 178 million.