Lukwago Fails to Show Up at Tribunal

Embattled Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

The tribunal hearing the censure petition against Erias Lukwago, the KCCA Lord Mayor has adjourned for the second timMonday morning to allow police to produce him.

Lukwago was expected to appear before the tribunal at Metropole Hotel in Kampala this morning to respond to the charges brought against him by 15 councilors.

(R-L) MP Medard Seggona and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. Segona is Lukwago's Lawyer
(R-L) MP Medard Seggona and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. Segona is Lukwago’s Lawyer

However, Lukwago was no show as he was reportedly put under house arrest by police. As a result, Medard Ssegona, the lead counsel of Lukwago asked the tribunal to adjourn for 30 minutes to allow his client make his way to the tribunal. The 30 minutes ended but Lukwago didn’t show up.

A series of meetings between Ssegona and the head of the tribunal Catherine Bamugemerire yielded another one hour adjournment. Okello Oryem, a member of the Tribunal informed the eager audience that they had talked with the Lord Mayor’s legal team and sent them together with a police officer to pick him up from his home.

However, Grace Turyagumanawe, the Director of Operations Uganda Police denies claims that Lukwago is under house arrest. Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the tribunal explains that the adjournment is meant to grant the Lord Mayor a fair hearing.

In their petition, the KCCA councilors accuse Lukwago of abuse of office and failure to conduct KCCA meetings.

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