Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has filed a response defending himself before the on- going Tribunal investigating a petition to have him removed from office.
Lukwago was dragged to the tribunal by 16 Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) councillors accusing him of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct among others. The Tribunal that began its work on June 20th had asked him to file a defence to the said allegations before that date.
Through his own Law Firm of Lukwago and Company Advocates and that of Alaka and Company Advocates, the Lord Mayor has since filed a written response to the councilors’ petition, but has vowed not to appear before the Tribunal because he questions its authority.
In his response, Lukwago denies each and every allegation saying that the matters being investigated are not only still under Parliamentary investigation but that also the establishment of the Tribunal offends the KCCA Act 2010. He says the Minister for Kampala Frank Tumwebaze has not yet enacted the Regulations guiding the procedure of removal of the Lord Mayor from Office.
Lukwago contends that at all material times he has carried out his functions diligently and in accordance with the law, notwithstanding the institutional challenges and frustrations deliberately caused by the councillors, the Minster and the KCCA Executive Director Jenifer Musisi.
Earlier in the day, it also emerged that Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago had withdrawn a case he filed in the Constitutional Court against Government citing lack of interest to pursue it.
On June 6, Lukwago sued the Attorney General Peter Nyombi, who is the Government legal representative, accusing him of neglecting his constitutional duty by letting the Minister in-charge of Kampala Frank Tumwebaze to continue committing illegalities.
Through his law firm, Lukwago and Company Advocates, the Lord Mayor had wanted court orders disbanding the 3 member tribunal that is currently investigating a petition by KCCA councillors seeking to throw him out of office. The tribunal headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire was set up by Minister Tumwebaze.
It should be remembered that on Friday last week Lukwago lost an application to halt the above tribunal before the High Court after Justice Vincent Zehurikize ruled that the Lord Mayor had not adduced sufficient evidence to show that his rights were in danger of being violated.
However, Lukwago still has a second chance to present his case before the High Court on Thursday this week to see whether or not court can block the tribunal from continuing to hear the petition.