Oguttu Challenges Judiciary On Ignored Court Orders

Leader of Opposition in parliament Wafula Oguttu.
Leader of Opposition in parliament Wafula Oguttu.

Uganda’s Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Wafula Oguttu has accused the country’s Electoral Commission (EC) of ignoring a court order by organising a by-election for the Kampala Lord Mayor’s seat.

The seat is presently occupied by Erias Lukwago who has had an acrimonious relationship with the central government.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, Oguttu noted that the Electoral Commission is in total disregard of the court order issued by Justice Nyanzi when he upheld an interim court injunction that was earlier issued by Acting Registrar of Court, Fred Waninda.

In the court order, Justice Nyanzi noted that the court injunction would hold until Lukwago’s main application seeking a judicial review of the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire report was disposed of.

He revealed that the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has now filed a criminal case against the Executive Director of KCCA, Jennifer Musisi saying that she has to answer for her continued disregard of law and court orders.

Oguttu said that KCCA’s Executive Director Jennifer Musisi wrote to the Electoral Commission of a non-existent vacancy in the office of the Lord Mayor yet Lukwago is still in office.

Oguttu further said that the Judiciary should stamp its authority on the decisions they make in the Courts. He noted that when a Judge makes a decision and the Executive chooses to ignore or undermine it, the judiciary as a pillar of the State should come out and make their position clear.

He appealed to the Judiciary to pronounce themselves on the on-going election arrangements for the Lord Mayor in disregard of an order of the High Court saying that the Electoral Commission has a duty to abide by and execute lawful orders.

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will not participate in the Kampala mayoral by-election set for next month, until the High Court makes a final ruling regarding the fate of the ousted Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

The Electoral Commission last week set April 17th as the date for holding a by-election to fill the position of the Lord Mayor which they said fell vacant following the impeachment of Erias Lukwago.

Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission Chairperson, announced that March 31st and April 1st 2014 would be the nomination dates for contenders, however, last week still, the Opposition came out clear saying that they would not participate in the by-election calling it an illegal exercise before the Constitutional Review case has been disposed of.

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