Embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago will have to wait until late October when the Court of Appeal is expected to cause-list and hear his case.
Lukwago is challenging the decision by Acting Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma of kicking him out of City Hall on March 31 this year, hardly three hours of resuming his office following an impeachment.
On August 21, the Supreme Court justices in a unanimous ruling held that they did not have jurisdiction to entertain a decision of Justice Kavuma who sat as a single judge of the Court of Appeal to kick out Lukwago from office.
Subsequently, the justices referred the matter back to Court of Appeal before a panel of three justices and also ordered the same court to urgently hear him out.
But after some time of silence, Lukwago through his lawyers of Kwesigabo, Bamwine & Walubiri and Co Advocates wrote to the Deputy Registrar of Court of Appeal demanding that they follow the directive of the Supreme Court and hear him out as soon as possible.
Deputy Registrar Deo Nizeyimana had in a letter dated September 3 said that the court can’t hear his appeal now as the justices of the court are busy in a criminal session.
But when contacted on when Lukwago’s appeal will possibly be heard, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Judiciary Harriet Nassali said it will be heard in the next civil session which starts on October 20.
Lukwago unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court challenging Justice Kavuma’s decision of March 31 kicking him out of City Hall. The Attorney General and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) had complained about the earlier orders of High Court judge Lydia Mugambe who had ordered for Lukwago’s reinstatement.
Justice Mugambe’s orders came after Lukwago petitioned court challenging his impeachment by the KCCA council on November 25 last year. The judge ruled that there was a court injunction halting the meeting that impeached Lukwago.