Retired Supreme Court judge, George Kanyeihamba on Tuesday attacked former tourism minister, Serapio Rukundo describing him as incompetent during the ongoing commission of inquiry into alleged mismanagement of Uganda Wildlife Authority funds.
This was after Rukundo evading questions while appearing before the Kanyeihamba-led commission.
The commission was set up to investigate the alleged mismanagement of a multi-billion-shilling tourism project.
Rukundo, the immediate former tourism state minister had persistently insisted that he did not know much about the Protected Areas Management and Sustainable Use (PAMSU) project, claiming that he had no much direct contact with the project.
An irritated Kanyeihamba bluntly told him off as incompetent and wondered how a whole minister could feign ignorance about a project that fell under his docket.
Rukundo was saved by Commissioner Denis Bireije, who advised him that if he had anything to say in camera he was entitled to it and he immediately jumped at the opportunity.
About a dozen journalists who were covering the inquiry were thrown out to allow Rukundo to testify in camera for about 30 minutes before they were recalled.
Asked why he never made any reports about the shoddy construction work under the project, Rukundo said he felt that such matters were to be taken care of by technocrats.
The former minister also vehemently denied ever receiving five million shillings for political oversight of the PAMSU project.
Last week, Emmanuel Oluanah, the tourism under secretary, told the commission that Rukundo personally received five million shillings while former senior minister, Kahinda Otafiire, reportedly received 15 million shillings through his aide.
Rukundo also admitted that he supported a proposal for an additional 43 million dollars to ostensibly complete unfinished activities without getting a report on how the previous 38 million dollars was spent.
It emerged that monies for all planned activities were released and spent yet evidence on the ground suggests that there was no value-for-money in most activities.
When Kanyeihamba listed for him activities that were either substandard or never carried out altogether although money had been released for them, Rukundo admitted that the PAMSU project had flaws and that there was no value for money.
Kanyeihamba said the PAMSU affair is a sad commentary on the management of public affairs, adding that it is bitter to know that the misused money will be repaid by ordinary Ugandans with interest.
He said the inquiry has proved that those who claim to run the country are incompetent, and that there is an urgent need to start running public affairs in a business-like manner.