Wednesday December 4 2013

IGP ordered to ensure food supply to Lukwago

By Isaac Imaka

The Speaker of Parliament has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, to ensure uninterrupted food and medical supplies to Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s home if police cannot vacate the mayor’s home.

The Speaker’s directive came after MPs from across the political divide raised a point of national importance that police had cordoned off Mr Lukwago’s home and are not allowing any inflow of food and medical supplies.

“The Lord Mayor called, asking that I take him some money to buy food but when I got to his home, I was stopped from entering and police could not even allow me to pass on the envelop to Lukwago’s daughter, who was standing on their other side of the fence,” Mr Muwanga Kivumbi told the House.

Mr Lukwago’s wife, who gave birth 14 days ago, is also, according to the MPs, not allowed to access medical services.

Speaker Kadaga gave the directive after the House failed to get a clear reassurance from government that police will allow the embattled Lord Mayor access food and medicine for his wife.

Meanwhile, minister for Presidency Frank Tumwebaze, defended himself before the NRM Caucus later in the plenary, saying his actions were based on the law and he never received any court order barring him from going on with the impeachment of Mr Lukwago as Lord Mayor.

“Kampala is the face of Uganda. It gives our country its definitive character,” Mr Tumwebaze said.

He added: “We must therefore decide as Ugandans whether to allow chaos and disorder to define the city environment and be our national signature mark or stand firm and define the correct line amidst harsh judgment and criticism from those who favour the status-quo.”