The minister for the presidency and Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze has said he respects the decision of the High Court to nullify the impeachment of embattled Kampala city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago but disagrees with.
Tumwebaze says the judge should have summoned him to hear his side of the story before condemning him for being contemptuous during the controversial impeachment of Lukwago last year.
“We respect the ruling of the High Court but we disagree with it.” Tumwebaze wrote on his Facebook page, Saturday afternoon.
He added “If the judge wanted my evidence in that matter as well as of other officials she mentions and condemns in her ruling for contempt, she should have summoned us to be heard and perhaps also to give us an opportunity to cross examine those alleging certain offenses against us and whose only evidence she took.”
His comments come a day after High court judge, Lydia Mugambe ruled that Erias Lukwago is still the Lord Mayor of Kampala and that he must resume office.
The Judge insisted that the impeachment process was unlawful since a court order stopping the process was delivered on time.
“How could the judge rule for example that I ignored a court order without hearing from me to confirm whether I got the said court order or not?” Tumwebaze wrote.
During the controversial impeachment, an interim injunction blocking the meeting was secured by Lukwago’s lawyers and served to Tumwebaze who presided over the process.
‘We shall Appeal’
He has vowed to appeal the decision of the High Court saying “Certainly we shall challenge this. They have given us good grounds of appeal”
“We shall stiffly challenge that unfair and biased judgment” Tumwebaze wrote on Facebook emphasising their next course of action.
In her ruling, also ordered the Electoral commission to stop plans to hold a bi-election in Kampala.
She also ordered that Lukwago be compensated and that should there be an attempt to block him from office, the minister in charge of Kampala, the Attorney General and the Executive director of Kampala will be liable for any damages should they try to block him from resuming office.
‘Lukwago Wont Be Vengeful’
Immediately after the ruling, Lukwago also took to Facebook to thank all those “who have unflinchingly walked this strenuous journey with me”
He also pledged to be “magnanimous and not vengeful towards” his tormentors.
Lukwago made an appeal for the respect of the will of the people which according to him is the cornerstone of constitutionalism.