Uganda’s Supreme Court has finally set Friday April 11 to hear an interim injunction application filed by embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. The application will be heard by a panel of five judges led by Bart Katureebe.
Lukwago is seeking to reverse recent orders by Justice Steven Kavuma of the Court of Appeal who among others ordered him out City Hall a few hours after he had resumed duty.
Lukwago also wants court to allow him back into office and perform his mayoral duties until such a time when his appeal challenging Justice Steven Kavuma’s decision is heard and determined.
He also wants the final court to stop the Electoral Commission (EC) from organizing the mayoral by-elections pending the determination of his appeal. The EC had set April 17 to fill the position of the Lord Mayor.
Lukwago states that the orders of Justice Kavuma as a single judge of the appellant court are illegal in so far as they have the effect of reversing the decision of the High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe.
Further in his injunctive application, Lukwago claims that if the interim orders of stay are not granted by the Supreme Court, he will suffer irreparable loss and that the balance of convince tilts in his favor.
The injunctive application is supported by his affidavit and that of his lawyer Medard Sseggona.
Last week, Lukwago along with his fans made a grand return to City Hall, the seat of the Lord Mayor and resumed work five months after he was blocked from accessing the same by the Executive arm of state on grounds that he was impeached.
But his stay at City Hall was short lived as the Attorney General rushed to Court of Appeal and secured an injunction order blocking him from performing the functions of the Lord Mayor.
Justice Kavuma’s orders also over-turned the earlier orders of High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe that had among others seen Lukwago return to office and also blocked the electoral commission from organizing mayoral by-elections.
The Court of Appeal orders also froze all ongoing cases at the High Court arising from Lukwago’s main application for judicial review No.362 of 2013 in which he is challenging the KCCA tribunal report that found him guilty of abuse of office, misconduct and incompetence.