Embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has sought refuge in the High Court after he filed an application to temporarily block the Electoral Commission’s plans of organising by-elections to fill his position.
Lukwago’s move was prompted by EC boss Eng. Badru Kiggundu who last week announced that the Commission had set April 17 as a date it would hold by-elections to fill the vacant position of the Kampala City Lord Mayor.
In his application, Lukwago wants court to temporarily block the EC from organizing the same by-elections until his main application is determined.
In his main application, Lukwago is challenging the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-Tribunal report that found him guilty of abuse of office, misconduct, and incompetence that led to his controversial impeachment on November 25 last year.
The respondents in this interim application include; Attorney General Peter Nyombi, Electoral Commission, KCCA and Eng. Badru Kiggundu, the EC boss.
Lukwago’s application for interim orders is being supported by his affidavit in which he says that on November 25, last year, the same court granted him an injunctive order restraining the Kampala minister from convening a meeting of KCCA.
He says the same meeting was set to discuss the report of the tribunal and proceeding to vote him out of office until his main application is determined.
He continues to say that the respondents have disobeyed the said interim order and have gone ahead to declare his position vacant and that they are in the process of organizing a by-election to fill the same position.
Lukwago also brings to the attention of the court that unless the respondents are restrained from defying the court order and go ahead to organize a by election to replace him, he is likely to suffer irreparable injury, as he will be illegally and permanently removed from office before the determination of his main application.
By press time, the court had not yet fixed a date that it will hear Lukwago’s concerns.