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HAPPENING: Supreme Court dismisses Lukwago's petition

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By ANTHONY WESAKA

Posted  Thursday, August 21   2014 at  09:00
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Mood at the court
By 8:00 am on Thursday, the Supreme Court in Kampala was full to capacity with people most of whom are supporters of the embattled Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, and politicians who came to witness the court’s verdict that will determine whether he (Mr Lukwago) returns to his office at City Hall or continues to stay away.

Politicians arrive

Some politicians who came early to attend court whose verdict was expected to be read at 9:30 am include the Kawempe North MP Latif Sebaggala, the Butambala county MP Muwanga Muhammad Kivumbi and the Rubaga South MP John Ken Lukyamuzi, among others who came to show their support for the embattled mayor.

Lukwago Arrives

At around 9:20 am, Mr Lukwago arrived at the court premises in the company of the Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante and the JEEMA Political Party President Asuman Basalirwa.

Police Deployment

Reports coming in also indicate that there is police deployment at the Court premises and on the roads that lead to the Kololo based court. Entry into court premises permitted only at show of proper identification

Ruling Starts

Supreme Court registrar now reading the ruling, starts with whether the appeal was filed rightly.

On whether Lukwago's appeal was filed properly and rightly, court has decided that it was filed in time and is acceptable

"Court accepts too, that the appeal was filed within the 60 days given by the law and still holds. We thus find no merit in the application for dismissal of the appeal and thus that application is dismissed" - Registrar

"We shall now deliver our ruling on whether to grant an injunction to Lord Mayor allowing him perform his duties" - Registrar adds.

Ruling on Injunction

A beaming smile on Lukwago's face when the registrar reads out that he was elected with 64.4% of votes cast in the election

Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko enters court drawing a little bit of attention off the registrar.

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