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Court Halts Kampala Mayoral By-Elections

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web http://chachanova.com/wp-includes/class-requests.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Kampala Lord Mayor, salve http://citizenspace.us/wp-content/plugins/espresso-recurring-events.1.1.1b1/recurring-event-templates/event_list_display.php Erias Lukwago, abortion rushed to High Court seeking a temporary injunction for the Electoral Commission to halt preparations for a by-election to replace him.


In his earlier submission, Eric Sabiiti, who represented the Electoral Commission and Eng Badru Kiggundu, requested that the former be exonerated citing that the constitution provides for his immunity since he is a member and an employee of the Electoral Commission.


However, Lukwago’s lawyer, Abdu Katuntu, rubbished the earlier Sabiti’s submission stressing that a member or an employee of a commission, according to law, performing its function under its directive shall not be liable only if the act is in good faith, which he said was not the case when Kiggundu acted in contempt of court and organised a by-election.


Lukwago’s lawyer further noted that court on November 28, 2013 made it clear that there was no vacancy in the seat of the Lord Mayor adding, that the respondents including KCCA, Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze, Attorney General and Electoral Commissions were aware of the court order but went ahead and wilfully disobeyed the court order.


While giving her ruling, Judge Mugambe stressed that the Electoral Commission will not be in good faith by holding the by-election before the other cases in court are disposed off.


She therefore advised that the EC calls off the by-election until Lukwago’s cases have been handled satisfactorily.

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