The High Court in Kampala has ruled that embattled Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago be reinstated at City Hall pending determination of main application.
The ruling quashes Monday’s action by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) councilors to impeach the Mayor after the tribunal found him guilty of abuse of office, misconduct and incompetence.
Lukwago went to court to overturn the KCCA tribunal report which found him guilty saying that it contravened the fundamental principles of the Constitution.
High Court Judge Yassin Nyanza said that the Minister in charge of Kampala Hon Frank Tumwebaze was duly served a court order staying the proces by an authority member.
Justice Yasin Nyanzi also ordered government to pay damages to Erias Lukwago’s legal team.
In a special council meeting chaired by Frank Tumwebaze the minister in charge of the Presidency and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), 29 councillors voted in favour of removing Mr Lukwago. Three councillors opposed the motion.
Monday’s meeting was marred with dramatic scenes that saw Lukwago’s lawyer Abudullah Kiwanuka who had gone to KCCA to serve the minister with a court injunction that had blocked his censure, beaten up by plain-clothed police before he was bundled onto a police van that whisked him to Central Police Station.
Thursday’s ruling also means that Lukwago is still the Mayor of Kampala City until his petition challenging the proceedings of the commission of inquiry that recommended for his removal from office is disposed of.
Details to follow shortly.