DAY 5 OF KARYAIJA’S CENSURE TRIBUNAL: FORMER KARYAIJA DRIVER SPILLS BEANS
BY WILBER MUHWEZI
The three man tribunal headed by Justice David Matovu assisted by commissioners John Masede and Charles Katarikaawe entered the 5th day in a bid to bring out the truth about the allegations raised by 18 councilors demanding for the censure of Mitooma District Chairman Benon Karyaija.
The tribunal set up by Minister of local government Col. Tom Butiime started its work on Monday 12th Dec 2016 and continued even today hearing witnesses from petitioners who included the former Driver of Benon Karyaija, Bernard Nuwamanya.
Bernard Nuwamanya while still driving the Chairman in a vehicle LG 0243-06 IN 2013/2014 wrote a report to the clerk to council and coped the supervisor of works claiming that his Boss Benon Karyaija removed the vehicle from him and started driving himself most of the times in Mitooma and other surrounding areas.
Nuwamanya told the tribunal that he would only drive the chairman while in Kampala and they would be given two days’ allowance and in the end they would end up spending five days and the allowance would be already consumed and hence too much suffering on his side.
Nuwamanya who amused the tribunal by trying to deny the report he authored was given the report to read it again to the Tribunal lead counsel and stemmed but was later put on pressure to read it and he read it.
He tried to deny the contents of the letter but the chairman of the tribunal had later asked him whether the signature that was there was his and he agreed that it was his. Justice Matove later ruled that the driver Nuwamanya had a problem together with his testimony going by his behavior.
The driver Nuwamanya was finally pushed on the wall and revealed everyting concerning ow C/man used to drive a vehivcle beyond service date and kilomotoraee dates.
Nuwamanya was also asked by the chairman of the tribunal about the number of drivers Mitooma has and he said they are eight and managed to name seven of them but said he had forgotten one, the judge continued to ask him whether the eighth driver whom he forgot is the one who drives the chairman but the driver said he is not the one.
Nuwamanya was asked whether he knows the current driver of the district chairman, David Orikiriza and whether Orikiriza was a fulltime staff at the district.
Nuwamanya said that Orikiriza whereas he has a driving permit he is not a substantive staff of the district because the district service commission never recruited him.