Changes are starting to take shape at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) after the impeachment of the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago yesterday.
Among the range of changes; the Authority has communicated that the Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze will with immediate effect take over the political leadership of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
He takes control of the political organ of the Authority which includes summoning and chairing council meetings.
The Authority has also written to the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago ordering him to return all Authority property and instruments of power within 21 working days.
The decisions arise out of a contested council session held yesterday that resolved to impeach Lukwago after he was found guilty of abuse of office, misconduct and incompetence by a tribunal.
Efforts by Lukwago’s lawyers to block the proceedings using a court injunction were futile as police prevented them from serving the injunction to the minister.
However High Court Judge Yasin Nyanzi upheld the interim injunction later in the day and in effect declared the impeachment of the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago null and void.
KCCA Spokesperson Peter Kaujju told local media that Lukwago had been informed of the developments and that they were hopeful he would return the Authority property.
Lukwago, however says he will proceed to do his daily duties on Friday at the City Hall after he has left Mukwaya General Clinic where he is currently undergoing medication.
The High Court has in statement issued on their website clarified that the injunction which was earlier contested by Minister Frank Tumwebaze was in fact served by them.
The struggle for the control of the political office in Kampala started when a group of 17 councillors petitioned to have the Lord Mayor impeached on grounds of abuse of office, misconduct and incompetence.
Frank Tumwebaze then constituted a tribunal of three to investigate the allegations and write a report to the KCCA council. The tribunal found Lukwago on three counts and the minister summoned a council meeting to adopt the tribunal report and also deliberate on the impeachment of Lukwago.
Lukwago and his lawyers went to the High Court seeking judicial review of the matter and also sought an injunction to bar the council from discussing the report which was granted. However the council went ahead to impeach Lukwago by a vote of 29 to 3.