KCCA Councillors Slam ‘Dictator’ Kamya as Lukwago Survives Lynching

Lubaga South councilor Ismael Ddamba being arrested by police (Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe)

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago on Monday afternoon survived assault by a group of stick-wielding men who attacked him at the demolished Park Yard market.

Lukwago together with the city councilors had earlier resolved through an emergency council meeting to visit the market being demolished, page to find the way forward for the stranded traders.

KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi also attended the meeting.

Lukwago was not allowed to leave his vehicle.

Lukwago was not allowed to leave his vehicle.

Meanwhile, before he could get out of his vehicle after arriving at the scene, a group of men armed with sticks surrounded Lukwago’s vehicle and started hitting its windows.

Realizing the danger ahead, Lukwago’s driver drove off without completing his “fact-finding mission.” He would later head to Parliament to meet the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

Some of the stick wielding men who came after Lukwago

Some of the stick wielding men who came after Lukwago

Meanwhile, police commanded by Kampala Metropolitan Commander Frank Mwesigwa arrested Lubaga South Councillor Ismael Ddamba for what they termed as ‘inciting violence’ among traders.

In the scuffle with police, the Councillor’s suit was ripped.


When asked to comment on the stick-wielding men, police commander Mwesigwa distanced himself from them.

He first denied their existence but later acknowledged that some unknown people with sticks had started causing chaos.

“Four of them are in our custody,” he said though he refused to lead journalists to the police station they had been detained.

Asked to comment on what befell the Kampala Lord Mayor, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander said nothing happened to him.

What remained of Park Yard market after demolition.

What remained of Park Yard market after demolition.

Mwesigwa however said police could not allow anyone disrupting law and order at the place.

Councillors Blast Kamya

Earlier, KCCA councillors had taken a swipe at Kampala Minister Beti Kamya whom they accused of being dictatorial in the way she does her work.

According to councillors, Kamya had on several occasions been invited to their council meetings to see the way forward for the traders at Park Yard Market but with no breakthrough.

Anti riot police patrolling the area.

Anti riot police patrolling the area.

“We asked that the status quo remains as we discuss the way forward but all of a sudden she issued a directive,” said Murushid Buwembo, representing people with disabilities.

Makerere University LC5 Councillor Doreen Nyanjura described  minister Kamya as a dictator and iron lady who does not listen to the KCCA council.

“It is high time we stopped massaging her because she has shown that she does not want diplomacy to happen. We should deploy other means other than dialogue if we are to deal with Kamya,” Nyanjura said.

The councillors noted  that  they had asked the office of the Kampala Executive Director to hand over a report to Kamya indicating the way forward in solving the issue but noted the latter turned a deaf ear.

“She has exhibited a power struggle she has over Lukwago but that will not help the people of Kampala who expect us to work for them,” said Nakawa Mayor Ronald Balimwezo.

Police today cordoned off Park Yard market along Nakivubo Mews following a 30-day February 7 directive by Kamya to the market traders to vacate the place.

Meanwhile, all the stalls in the market have now been razed down by a grader.


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