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Tribunal Tips On Selecting Lukwago's Successor

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According to tribunal chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, during the tribunal’s deliberations, two primary approaches came up: One is where the electorate votes the city mayor and his removal is only by way of tribunal as has been the case today and second; where the central government takes over the capital city and runs it without involvement of the electorate.


While the first approach was deemed untenable by the tribunal, the second too was discredited on the basis that disenfranchises the voters and people of Kampala taking away their voting power.


“The tribunal thus proposes a third approach; A hybrid that merges the need for a ‘lead politician who is driven by the need for service delivery’ but whose origins are in the electoral system,” she said.


“Under this approach the city mayor would be chosen from among the five mayors of the Division Urban Councils.


This is legitimate because it would give way to a city mayor who was ultimately elected by universal adult suffrage, and furthermore, these Division Councils seem to be free of strife. So it is possible to have a mayor at the Division level who understands leadership at the centre.”

The tribunal went on to suggest a number of options on how the new approach would work:


First off, once the Division Mayors and Councilors are elected, they would constitute a college that elects a Mayor from among the five Division Mayors.

This Mayor would serve as the Chairperson of a Board-like structure.


Secondly, once the city mayor is elected from the five division mayors, according to the tribunal, he would relinquish their seat at division level and remain ‘above the politics.’


Upon his departure from his seat, the deputy mayor at the Division level would automatically become Division Mayor, entitled to a five year term.


“The intention of the approach is to ensure that the Mayo is not drawn into political fray, thereby helping him focus on service delivery and harmonizing the relationship with the centre. The mayor would then be charged with playing the oversight role in respect of the work of the Technical Team,” said Bamugemereire.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire

“The City mayor should be insulated from politics and Corruption. Moreover it should not be a full time ‘careerist job’. The Mayor should be an accomplished and respected citizen who should not be inclined to derive a sense of status and undue self importance.”

The tribunal goes ahead to call for a well-thought-through and comprehensive framework of constituting the suggestions to avoid ambiguities and lacunae present in the current Act.


It may for instance be imperative to add to the qualifications needed to become a Division Mayor ad in turn Mayor.

Such people may need to be subjected to more rigorous set of criteria including requirements such as being of high moral integrity, and with proven managerial qualifications and experience among.

The new system where the Mayor comes ‘from within,’ the tribunal notes, would foster the nurturing of future leadership talent.

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