Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) technical wing led by Executive Director Jennifer Musisi has said they will welcome Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago back to his office today.
KCCA acting supervisor communications and media Robert Kalumba told this newspaper they would respect the decision of the court that ruled on Friday Mr Lukwago is the legitimate Lord Mayor.
“We are going to abide by the court’s decision,” Mr Kalumba said, however, he declined to answer any further question citing some “personal protective reasons.”
Court on Friday ruled that Mr Lukwago’s impeachment was “null and void” and ordered the Electoral Commission to immediately stop the process of organising for a by-election until the Lord May’s main application challenging the KCCA tribunal report that led to his controversial impeachment on November 25 is heard and determined.
KCCA ruling party councillors whom the Daily Monitor talked to said they would respect court’s decision but asked Mr Lukwago to “reform” his personal conduct.
Not a one-man show
“KCCA is not a one-man show; it is a public institution where personal greed should not be fronted. We need to serve people and I will work with Mr Lukwago if that is what court has decided,” said Councillor Apollo Mugume of Nakawa Division.
Mr Bernard Luyiga [DP], the Makerere University councillor, said; “Until court decides otherwise, personally I will stand by the court order that Mr Lukwago is still the Lord Mayor and I appeal to government and fellow leaders at KCCA to respect the order.”
Mr Lukwago said at 8am today he would be already at his office and immediately he will roll out his way forward.
“There’s no change in the programme, on Monday (today) I will be in office to carry on with my duties,” Mr Lukwago said.
He said he is ready to cooperate with the technical wing provided laws and policies are respected.
“The law is very clear on who should do what, that is the principles I still stand by. Let the technical wing do its duties. Public servants should play their part as [we] the politicians do our part as the KCCA Act stipulates,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday.
Mr Lukwago had stopped accessing his office last year after the Minister for Kampala, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, summoned an impromptu council meeting, in which Mr Lukwago was impeached. However, Mr Tumwebaze said in a statement last Friday he would respect the ruling.
The police have been a major player that has consistently barred Mr Lukwago from accessing his office. However, the Daily Monitor could not get police’s position on the matter since our repeated calls to known numbers of officers went unanswered. But Mr Lukwago said he did not need permission to access his office.
How Tumwebaze, Kiggundu, Nyombi, Musis were convincted over contempt of court
Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze, Electoral Commission chairperson Badru Kiggundu, KCCA’s Executive Director Jennifer Musisi and AG Peter Nyombi were on Friday evening convicted of contempt of court.
The ruling was premised on their declaration that the Lord Mayor’s position had fallen vacant and went ahead to organise by-elections to fill the same position.
According to the ruling the accused had ignored a court order that sought to halt the controversial impeachment of Erias Lukwago on November 25, 2013.
Presiding judge Lydia Mugambe in her two hour ruling explained how the four were in contempt of the November 25, 2013 interim orders. She observed that Mr Tumwebaze, was personally served with the court order by Makindye Division councillor Allan Sewanyana before a resolution was passed by the KCCA council meeting that controversially impeached Mr Lukwago.