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 .