The Court of Appeal has blocked the execution of an order by Justice Lydia Mugambe reinstating Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to office. The Order was issued a few hours after Lukwago resumed work at City Hall.
A sole Judge Steven Kavuma overturned the Friday ruling by Justice Lydia Mugambe, hence restraining Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago from assuming office. Justice Kavuma ruled that Lukwago must remain out of office until an appeal by Attorney General Peter Nyombi is disposed off.
The new twist prolongs months of legal battles surrounding Lukwago’s controversial impeachment by KCCA Councillors in November last Year. Lukwago lost the vote by 29-3 councilors.
Earlier, Lukwago arrived at Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA at 8:40a.m amidst a heavy police presence and ululations from his supporters, who were lined up on the streets adjacent to city hall.
There were no attempts to block him from accessing the premises. A few of his supporters were gathered at the Mayor’s Parlor inside the Authority to receive him.
Today’s events follow a high court ruling on Friday which halted the planned election of Lukwago’s replacement by the Electoral Commission. Polls had been scheduled for April 17.
In her ruling, Justice Lydia Mugambe stated that the injunctive orders against the EC not to organize by-elections will be in place until Lukwago’s main application, in which he is challenging the KCCA tribunal report that led to his controversial impeachment on November 25 last year, is disposed off.
Lukwago told journalists thereafter that the developments at city hall and subsequent legal battles over the last four months were a learning experience for him and his team.
He applauded Kampala Residents, the Media and the Courts of Law for upholding the Constitution and not to be swayed by politics.
“it has been a protracted legal battle, it has not been easy, but am gratified that I have struggled resiliently and am happy to thank everyone who has stood by me, my legal team for ensuring that I regain my seat”, Lukwago noted.
He appealed to councilors and the technical staff at KCCA to work with him in order to serve the interests of the people of Kampala.