Police Cordon Off Lukwago’s Residence

generic decease geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Lukwago is today expected to appear before a tribunal at Metropole Hotel over concerns by city Councillors that his conduct has paralysed business at KCCA and negatively impacted on the authority’s ability to deliver services.

view prescription geneva;”>Anti-riot police personnel have been spotted at the residence’s gate where some of the Mayor’s supporters have started gathering.

no rx geneva;”>Police officials say Lukwago planned to pull crowds from Kisekka market to accompany him to Metropole Hotel which would “hurt businesses and disorganise traffic in the city.”

Lukwago’s supporters on Wednesday announced the mayor would start his journey from Rubaga at 8.00am “and we shall be joined by groups along the way.”

The development comes just two days after police clashed with Lukwago’s supporters in downtown Kampala.

The mayor was arrested and briefly detained on Tuesday for holding an “illegal rally.”

Lukwago has since refuted allegations that he has been inciting taxi drivers not to pay the shs120,000 monthly fee.

“My position has always been clear that in as much as we need revenue to finance KCCA budget, the due process of the law must be followed. The existing statutory instrument regulating taxis in Kampala provides for a paltry fee of Shs200 for each taxi that enters the taxi park,” said Lukwago.

“I convened a KCCA meeting on March 7, 2012 to revise the fee to shs70,000 but the meeting aborted for want of quorum. The following day the Executive Director unilaterally imposed a sum of Shs 120, 000 which was declared illegal by court on April 10, 2013 as it was not sanctioned by any legal instrument,” he added.

“I called a stakeholders’ meeting on April 16 to chart a way forward and thereafter prepared a comprehensive Bill for an Ordinance under S.8 of KCCA Act to taxi operations in the city and presented the same to the Authority meeting on April 25 for consideration.”

He added: “I proposed a sum of Shs 70,000 considering the fact that these taxis pay dues to other local authorities and it was subject to debate. Members requested for time to carry out consultations and we adjourned to May 2.”

Lukwago further said the meeting was rescheduled to May 29 because KCCA boss Jennifer Musisi and directors were not available on that day yet their input was vital.

“The meeting of 29th was chaotic and the issue was differed to June 6 but again the management team said they would not turn up on that. I was constrained to reschedule it to June 11 which again flopped. I still maintain that unless and until we enact an enabling instrument no amount of brutality, arrest or detention that render the taxi Levy of Shs 120,000 lawful.”

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