Lukwago Drags KCCA Tribunal To High Court


sick geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The application was drawn by Kwesigabo, thumb Bamwine and Walubiri Advocates, Katuntu and Co. Advocates, Lukwago & Co. Advocates, Alaka & Co.Advocates and Okalanga Law Chambers.

Lukwago, the applicant, argues in his application that he is dissatisfied with the report and has opened up an application for a judicial review which is still pending before court “with high chances of success”.

He further argues that the electoral commission held elections for councillors representing professional bodies to Kampala Capital City Authority with the sole purpose of constituting the KCCA to enable councillors remove him from his office as Lord Mayor.

“Unless the respondents are immediately restrained from acting upon the report of the tribunal, the applicant is likely to suffer irreparable damage as he is likely to be removed from office in a very irregular manner thereby rendering his application nugatory and useless,” Lukwago’s lawyers noted.

The application is to be heard by Justice Yassin Nyanzi of the High Court.

The Long Week Saga

The Lord Mayor, after being impeached by the KCCA tribunal, decided to stage a rally in which he would express his discontent towards the tribunal report that implicated him on grounds of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct or misbehaviour.

However, to prevent him from addressing the rally, planned to be held Nakivubo Blue Settlement Grounds, the police sealed off his house at Wakaliga Rubaga in Kampala on Monday, arrested him and whisked him off to Nagalama police station in Mukono.

Lukwago being led out of his home on Monday

In response, the Former FDC President, Dr Kizza Besigye sneaked at Ben Kiwanuka street and addressed the crowds but police was tipped in time hence his arrest.

Besigye’s car was towed to the central police station in Kampala where he was detained.

Afterwards, the Mayor was transferred from Nagalama to Kira road police station while Besigye was moved from central police station to Jinja road police station.

The duo spent two days in their respective cells before being dragged to Buganda road court on Thursday at 3pm amid tight security.

Buganda road court magistrate, Julius Baroore, charged them with managing and being members of an unlawful society (A4C and 4GC), with the prosecution’s case resting on activities they engaged in on July 19 2012 on Katonga Road.

Then pleas from their lawyers Abdu Katuntu and Medard Ssegona followed. Kyandondo East MP, Ibrahim Ssemuju and the deputy Lord Mayor, Sulaiman Kindandala were also present.

Consequently, Baroore released the two on a Shs 40 million non-cash bail.

Lukwago and Besigye after being granted bail on Thursday

Their release is connected to the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s observation that the two cannot be detained beyond the constitutional 48 hours without being produced in court and formally charged.

However, as they left court in the company of the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi and FDC spokesperson, Wafula Ogutu, Besigye and Lukwago were again re-arrested at Hotel Triangle, along Buganda Road in Kampala and taken to an unknown destination.

Their supporters once again battled with police but they were over powered.

We later learnt that Besigye and Lukwago was not detained this time round but deposited to their respective homes amidst tight security as usual.

Anti-riot police battles protesters on the streets of Kampala

Meanwhile, the Lord Mayor immediately petitioned High Court seeking interim orders stopping the minister of Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze, from proceeding with a vote of no confidence against him.

As already noted, his petition will be listened to on Monday, next week.


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