Lukwago Protests: Security Tightened In Kampala

and geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>This follows opposition leaders’ calls for protests to resist plans to outs embattled Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago from office.

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The KCCA Tribunal on Thursday found Lukwago guilty of incompetence, abuse of office and misconduct.

The Tribunal also cleared the way for Councilors, who petitioned government to remove Lukwago, to have the Mayor evicted from City Hall in just two weeks.

Recent confrontations between security forces and Lukwago’s supporters have in the past left a trail of bloodshed and destruction of property worth millions of shillings.

Lukwago has vowed not to go down without putting up a fight to save his chair, accusing President Museveni of dictatorship and plotting his downfall.

However, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo said “the sky won’t come down because a funny ‘Lord’ Mayor is down with self-inflicted wounds.”

He added: “Let Mayor Lukwago cry softly, after all even the President can be impeached. His coucillors are trying to impeach him.”

Opondo further accused Lukwago of “being an obstructionist all the time.”

Government faults Lukwago for sabotaging efforts to transform Kampala into a modern city and joining forces with Dr Kizza Besigye to topple government through riots and street battles with security forces.

President Museveni maintains Lukwago must submit to his office an apology for his “mistakes” to be pardoned but the Mayor on Thursday vowed never to “bow down before Museveni.”

In Kissekka, Chimp Corp Kenneth Kazibwe says the mood is tense, with heavily-armed anti-riot personnel patrolling the volatile area on foot.

It is thought Dr Besigye and other opposition leaders are holding an emergency meeting at 4GC headquarters to plan for what sources described as a “robust, concrete and coordinated response” to block Lukwago’s ousting.

A rally is being planned in Kissekka Market, which is known as a hotbed of turbulence during opposition-inspired riots.


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