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Lukwago, Betty Kamya fail to agree outside court

By Sania Babirye
The case between Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Kampala minister Betty Kamya  is to undergo a full trial after minister Kamya refused to honor a possible out of court settlement.
 On the 24th of April, High court judge Heneriata  Wolayo has advised both Kamya and Lukwago to exhaust all avenues of a possible out of court settlement.
Justice Wolayo also appointed Christopher Rukyekerere to mediate between both parties and inform her about the progress of the mediation today.
However Rukyekerere has today informed court that the case should go for a full trial since minister Kamya refused to even show up for the mediation meetings.
He explained to lawyers McDusman Kabega and Lukwago that that the actions of minister Kamya proves that he will not reach an out of court settlement and the only solution is to send the file back to the judge for a full trial.
The court has now set the 12th of July to commence hearing of the case.
Minister Kamya has also been summoned to appear on that day in court to be cross examined for allegedly passing off as the KCCA head well as not since she was not the one the voters elected.
Lukwago accuses minister Kamya of  interfering in his executive powers by  illegally passing-off as  the political head of the city well as not.
According to  Lukwago  his mandate to serve as the duly elected Lord mayor for Kampala City  has been usurped by Kamya who even took a decision  on the
23rd  of  January 2018  to suspend council meetings where deliberations and decisons  on how to govern the city are made .
According to  documents before court, Lukwago claims that  Kamya  stalled the council meetings on grounds that they  are illegal and nolonger  relevant to the city a decision that Lukwago describes as irrational and unreasonable .
Lukwago is  now   seeking  orders to  quash   Kamya’s decision regarding the legality of Council meetings and another   decision that subjects  all his travels as the Lord Mayor to a ministerial permit.
Lukwago says   such decisions  are an  infringement and abuse of his rights and freedoms .
Lukwago is also  seeking  orders to compel Kamya to put in place a metropolitan physical  planning committee  as required by the KCCA Act arguing that the absence of this  committee negatively  impacts him in the performance of his   execute  duties of developing  and strategizing  for the city.
Through his own  law firm of Lukwago and company advocates, Lukwago contends that unless court intervenes and restrains Kamya from making such irrational decisions and passig-off as the Lord Mayor , the sovereignty of the people of Kampala will be put in jeopardy and  hence forth affect  the social contract he made with his voters in May 2016 .

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