March 20, 2014

Lukwago Case Adjourned To March 25

The beleaguered Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
The beleaguered Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

The High Court sitting at Twed Towers has adjourned the case filed by Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago to arrest top government officials for violation of a court order to 25th March.

Justice Yasin Nyanzi adjourned the case after Lukwago’s legal team led by Medard Seggona applied to amend the petition they filed at the court.

Lukwago had sought orders of court to arrest and detain in civil prison four top officials over the violation of a court injunction that reinstated him as the Lord Mayor after he had been impeached by a section of KCCA councillors.

Lukwago argues that the four have continued in breach of a court order which amounts to contempt of court and that they should be detained in civil prison. He accuses Frank Tumwebaze the minster for Kampala for writing to the Electoral commission to conduct a fresh election despite being served with the order, Jenniffer Musisi for withholding his salary since December and police chief Kayihura and Metropolitan police commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi for deploying police officers at his home to deny him from resuming his office.

Addressing the press outside the court room, Lukwago said the case is not his personal appeal but an appeal by all Kampala citizens for government to follow the rule of law. He was in the company of other politicians like Kampala North Member of Parliament Kasibante Moses, JEEMA president Asuman Basalirwa and ousted NRM MP Winfred Nuwagaba who is part of his legal team.

The state was represented by Dickenson Okello and Martin Mwambutsya. The lawyers said they would wait for the amendment and also respond in affidavits to the Lord Mayor.

In November last year, Lukwago obtained a court order barring the council from sitting to impeach him as Lord Mayor, however, the order was not heeded to by Frank Tumwebaze who summoned the meeting and continued with the vote. The injunction was born out of a case filed at the high court challenging the KCCA tribunal report for illegality, irrationality, bias and procedural impropriety.
Government has since refused to heed to the injunction despite the high court ordering that Lukwago be reinstated to his office as the Lord Mayor.

Lukwago will also be in the high court tomorrow seeking another injunction to halt the mayoral elections organised by the Electoral commission slated for 17th April.

2 thoughts on “Lukwago Case Adjourned To March 25

  1. I hope Lukwago has learnt that for an opposition politician to survive in office, he only barks at the ruling party but does not bite because if you go ahead and bite you become bitten instead. Thats how other opposition politicians have survived e.g. Lukyamuzi, Nambooze, Odonga Otto, Besigye etc

  2. When laws are not followed, people will use mob justice as an alternative. What else do you want them to do?

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