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Lukwago Saga: Tumwebaze Blasts Judge’s “Biased” Ruling


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In her judgement, Justice Lydia Mugambe, said that the Electoral Commission was not acting in good faith by holding the by election before the case in the same court lodged by Erias Lukwago challenging the findings of the KCCA tribunal that led to his impeachment is disposed off.

The judge further accused Tumwebaze, Electoral Commission, KCCA and the Attorney General of contempt of court by declaring Lukwago’s seat vacant and organising a by-election to fill the position which she said court in November last year had nullified and stressed that Lukwago was still the Lord Mayor.

The furious judge questioned why the Kampala Minister disregarded the court order presented to him by Makindye Councillor, Allan Sssewanyana, as being unauthentic and further threw the councillor out of the council meeting.

“The minister may not have wanted to be served with the court order but it was tabled before him before the motion to impeach the Lord Mayor was raised by councillor Baker Sserwamba. I find it outrageous for the minister for having regarded the order as invalid even before cross examining it clearly. The minister could have halted the meeting before seeking for the authenticity of the order from the court that had issued it,” Justice Lydia Mugambe pointed out.

The judge further blamed Tumwebaze for convening the council meeting which she said had been stopped by the court order for being unlawful adding, that he could have waited for at least an hour pending the application by the Lord Mayor in the High Court.

Tumwebaze reacts

Mugambe’s judgment has since attracted a heavy response from Tumwebaze, who blasted the judge for not giving him an opportunity to present his side of the story.

“If the judge wanted my evidence in that matter as well as of other officials she mentions and condemns in her ruling, she should have summoned us to be heard and perhaps also to give us an opportunity to cross examine those alleging certain offenses against us,” charged Tumwebaze.

The Minister pointed out that “It’s a very strange precedent in our justice system to rule and condemn someone unheard in a matter that even he/she wasn’t even a party.”

On the way forward, Tumwebaze said government will “certainly challenge this,” adding, “They have given us good grounds of appeal.”

He, however, wondered: “How could the judge a rule for example that I ignored a court order without hearing from me to confirm whether I got the said court order or not? Don’t I have a right to be heard? We shall stiffly challenge that unfair and biased judgment.”


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