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Lukwago runs to court to block mayoral by-election

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By Farahani mukisa

Posted  Thursday, March 13   2014 at  20:14
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Kampala.

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has filed a petition before the High Court seeking to block the Electoral Commission’s plans of organising a by-election to fill his position until the main application is determined.

Recently, the EC chairman, Mr Badru Kiggundu, announced that it had set April 17 to hold the poll.
In his main application, Mr Lukwago is challenging Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s Tribunal report that found him guilty of abuse of office, misconduct and incompetence which led to his impeachment on November 25, last year.

“An interim injunction be issued restraining the respondents from further acting in contempt of court order by the inter-alia declaring a by-election for the position of the Lord Mayor Kampala Capital City Authority pending the final determination of main application,” reads the application in part.
The respondents include Attorney General Peter Nyombi, the Electoral Commission and KCCA.
Mr Lukwago’s application states that on November 25, the same court granted an injunctive order restraining Kampala minister from convening a KCCA meeting.

By press time yesterday, the court had not yet fixed a date to hear Mr Lukwago’s concerns.
The Uganda Law Society has also written to the EC warning against organising the by-election, saying there is a court order to that effect