Kampala Mayor, Lukwago, Overthrown

Elias Lukwago

prostate geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>29 councillors voted in favour of Lukwago’s ousting while three opposed the censure. Tumwebaze later declared that the motion to replace Lukwago had succeeded.

Coincillors who voted against Lukwago’s impeachment have been identified as Aidha Nakuya, treatment Sulaiman Kidandala and Shifrah Lukwago.

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Baker Serwamba moved the motion which was quickly embraced by 29 councillors.

The move came amidst chaotic scenes at City Hall where KCCA councillors held a meeting chaired by Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze.

Earlier, Lukwago’s lawyer, Medard Ssegona told the media they had already secured a court order directing KCCA authorities not to proceed with actions aimed at removing the Mayor from office pending determination of the main suit challenging the KCCA Tribunal ruling that implicated Lukwago on counts of misconduct, abuse of office and incompetence.

High Court deputy Registrar Fred Waninda issued the injunction, directing Tumwebaze not to implement the vote of no confidence against Lukwago, until the matter before the court is disposed off.

At KCCA, MPs Moses Kasibante and Ken Lukyamuzi are briefing the press. They expressed disbelief that Tumwebaze could disobey a court order to continue holding a meeting to impeach the Mayor.

Ssegona said the outcome of the councillors’ meeting is illegal as it was disallowed by the High Court.

At the scene, Chimp Corp Sam Waswa says the situation remains tense with heavy security deployments.


6:45am: Kampala City Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, is likely to be kicked out of office today Monday before 10:00am.

Presidency and Kampala Minister, Frank Tumwebaze, last week directed all Councillors to attend a special sitting at the City Hall today during which they will decide on the Mayor’s fate.

Lukwago was recently implicated on counts of misconduct, incompetence and abuse of office by the government KCCA Tribunal chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

Backed by several opposition leaders, Lukwago attempted to challenge the outcome of the Tribunal through city protests which were crushed by security forces.

The four councillors who were elected last Tuesday to constitute the Kampala Capital City Authority council include; Mr Frank Kanduho, representing the Uganda Law Society, Verna Mwinganisa Mbabazi (Uganda Society of Architects), Eng Karuma Kagyina (Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers) and Dr Denson Nyabwana (Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Association).

At today’s meeting, Tumwebaze will present the KCCA tribunal report to the fully constituted council.

The councilors will in turn vote to either exonerate Lukwago of his charges of office mismanagement, misconduct and incompetence, or go ahead and impeach him.

Without the four councilors, the council would have been devoid of the legally required quorum and thus unable to take any decision against the Lord Mayor as was the ruling by High Court Justice Vincent Zehurikiize in Lukwagos’ petition against the legality of the council earlier in June.

The councilors need to raise 24 votes to effect Lukwago’s impeachment.

Only 19 signed the impeachment petition against the Lord Mayor, which was why, according to Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, Hon Tumwebaze through the electoral commission stepped up efforts to have the 4 posts filled.

The Councillors will have to decide on Lukwago’s fate before 10:00am considering that the Kampala High Court set today as the hearing date for an injunction seeking to block moves to outs the embattled Mayor.


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