Court dismisses Lukwago’s petition

By Sania Babirye

Kampala high court Judge Musa Sekana has dismissed an application filed by Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago which was challenging the ECs decision to ban campaigning in the alleged 13 districts strongly hit by COVID-19 including Kampala.

Justice Sekana has ruled that although EC’s decision to suspend campaigns in Kampala and other districts is a violation of freedoms of expression, assemble and association, but the limitation of enjoyment of those freedoms is demonstrably justifiable due to the prevailing COVID-19 infections in those areas.

Justice Musa Sekana has further stated that there was no breach to a fair hearing on Lukwago’s side since EC did not sit as a tribunal and that there was justification for dispensing with the right to be heard due to the urgency and emergency in order to stop the spread of corona virus.

In the said petition, Lukwago was seeking orders to overturn the Electoral commission decision to suspend campaign meetings in the said districts.

Through his law firm of Lukwago and company advocates, Lukwago claimed that the EC’s decision contained in a press statement of 26th of December waa irrational and an infringement on his rights to associate , interface and convince the electorate to vote him for the 3rd time in the office of the Lord mayor .

He further claimed that as a candidate and the political head of the city, EC did not give him a fair hearing before issuing the said ban depriving him of his right to disseminate their ideas to citizens , which is a fundamental component of a free and fair election.

Lukwago said that the advise given by the EC that candidates should campaign through media outlets (radios and TVs) in the contentious districts was not tenable since government had not taken any measures to ensure that Radio or Television sets were distributed among citizens despite a huge budget to purchase them being allocated by parliament during the last quarter .

Lukwago then asked the High court to quash EC’s decision and issue an injunctive order stopping the Inspector General of police who was directed to ensure that no campaign meeting occurs in Kampala , Masaka, Luweero, Mbarara , Kasese, Wakiso , Jinja , Kalungu , Kazo and Tororo from implementing the same.

He also wanted court to order EC to pay him general damages for the inconvenience as his campaign schedules have been disrupted by this decision.

Lukwago’s petition on EC campaign ban flops

By Sania Babirye

Ruling on an application filed by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago on the Electoral Commission’s decision to ban campaigning in the alleged 13 COVID-19 districts including Kampala has been pushed to Monday next week.

This is the second time that justice Musa Sekana has failed to pronounce his ruling after he was indisposed last week but when he came today, he informed court that he was not ready to deliver the said ruling again.

In the said petition, Lukwago is seeking orders to overturn the Electoral commission decision to suspend campaign meetings in the said districts.

Through his law firm of Lukwago and company advocates, Lukwago claims that the EC’s decision contained in a press statement of 26th of December is irrational and an infringement on his rights to associate , interface and convince the electorate to vote him for the 3rd time in the office of the Lord mayor .

He further claims that as a candidate and the political head of the city, EC did not give him a fair hearing before issuing the said ban depriving him of his right to disseminate their ideas to citizens , which is a fundamental component of a free and fair election.

Lukwago says the advise given by the EC that candidates should campaign through media outlets (radios and Tvs) in the contentious districts is not tenable since government has not taken any measures to ensure that Radio or Television sets are distributed among citizens despite a huge budget to purchase them being allocated by parliament during the last quarter .

Lukwago now wants the High court to quash EC’s decision and issue an injunctive order stopping the Inspector General of police who was directed to ensure that no campaign meeting occurs in Kampala , Masaka, Luweero, Mbarara , Kasese, Wakiso , Jinja , Kalungu , Kazo and Tororo from implementing the same.

He also wants court to order EC to pay him general damages for the inconvenience as his campaign schedules have been disrupted by this decision.

Lukwago petitions court over ban on campaigns in Kampala

By Sania Babirye

Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago has petitioned the High court seeking orders to overturn the Electoral commission decision to suspend campaign meetings in 11 districts including Kampala district on grounds of increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections .

Through his law firm of Lukwago and company advocates, Lukwago claims that the EC’s decision contained in a press statement of 26th of December is irrational and an infringement on his rights to associate, interface and convince the electorate to vote him for the 3rd time in the office of the Lord mayor .

He further claims that as a candidate and the political head of the city, EC did not give him a fair hearing before issuing the said ban depriving him of his right to disseminate their ideas to citizens , which is a fundamental component of a free and fair election.

Lukwago says the advise given by the EC that candidates should campaign through media outlets (radios and Tvs) in the contentious districts is not tenable since government has not taken any measures to ensure that Radio or Television sets are distributed among citizens despite a huge budget to purchase them being allocated by parliament during the last quarter .

Lukwago now wants the High court to quash EC’s decision and issue an injunctive order stopping the Inspector General of police who was directed to ensure that no campaign meeting occurs in Kampala , Masaka, Luweero, Mbarara , Kasese, Wakiso , Jinja , Kalungu , Kazo and Tororo from implementing the same.

He also wants court to order EC to pay him general damages for the inconvenience as his campaign schedules have been disrupted by this decision.

Lukwago has in a related development filed an accompanying application asking court to treat his case as an urgent matter given that the polling date is drawing near.

Lukwago, Namugwanya disagree on KCCA noise pollution rules

By Alice Lubwama

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has appealed to Government not to reduce the budget of Kampala Capital City Authority for the next financial year 2020/ 2021, because this will affect the implementation of projects in the city.

Addressing the media this morning at city hall Lukwago said that he has received information regarding the cutting of the budget for KCCA from 520 billion to 406 billion, leaving a short fall of 114 billion shillings.

In the same meeting ,Lukwago also accused the state minister for Kampala affairs Benny Namugwanya of interfering in the politics of Kampala by directing places where candidates should put their fliers, billboard and posters.

Lukwago says it is not also right for the minister to talk about noise pollution at the time of elections when the politicians are supposed to make much noise as possible.

“This is the time politicians should be heard by their electorates.the season for noise making, so you can’t talk about noise pollution ,” Lukwago said.

Last week Namugwanya warned candidates and their supporters against placing posters in ungazzetted places and making campaign drives in the city before they get clearance from KCCA .

However Lukwago said that Namugwanya is just a politician like him whose role is not to regulate campaigns and should leave this to the electoral commission which is mandated to do so by the constitution.

Lukwago nominated for Kampala mayorship seat

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change ( FDC ) has this morning nominated Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago as a party flag bearer for the position of mayorship in the forth coming election.

This morning Lord Mayor Lukwago picked forms expressing interest in standing for Lord Mayor seat for the third time.

According to Boniface Bamwenda the party’s electoral commission boss, Lukwago has fulfilled all the requirements set by the party to be their flag bearer come 2021 election.

This morning, at headquarters in Najjanakumbi the party opened the nomination exercise for the position of Lord Mayor calling upon those who are interested to show up for the exercise before the closing date.

Meanwhile police have heavily deployed at FDC party headquarters which the PRO Kampala Metropolitan ASP Luke Owoyesigyire says has been done to deter any acts of crime that may arise .

Lukwago says Amongi should consult division mayors on planned changes in the city

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago rejects plan by Minister of Kampala affairs Betty Amongi to reduce the number of taxis and Bodaboda riders who will operate in the central business district of Kampala.

Government plans to enforce this move after the Covid-19 lock down. This will see all taxi and boda boda operators work outside the city center until all of them register with Ministry of Works and Transport in the stipulated 42 days.
Lord Mayor says the move is unfair and has not been brought up for consultation.

He insists that the plans should include all five division Mayors,Lord councilors, taxi and boda boda leaders as well as for a better plan rather than ambushing them because because of the lock down opportunity.

Mayor Lukwago blames City Hall break-in on insiders

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Lord mayor Elias Lukwago has tasked the acting executive director Kampala Capital City Authority to explain the three break ins at City Hall.

On 11th June, five computers were stolen, on 9th August, seven computers were still vandalized with aim of destroying vital information.

In today’s council meeting the acting Executive director Engineer Andrew Kitaka clarified that Investigations on the three incidents were handled by Kampala metropolitan police. The six authority employees and police officers who were on duty on the respective days are now under interrogation.

However, Lord mayor Elias Lukwago insisted that the breaking is done by insider’s, the motion was supported by the Lord councilors Doreen Nyanjura, Bruhan Byaruhanga, and Moses Okwera among others.

Mayor Lukwago calls for modernizing of Kampala City

By Moses Kidandi
The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has called upon all stakeholders to strive to have Kampala as a Smart City of the 21st Century.

Lukwago said this while he was giving closing remarks at the _Kampala Roads Rehabilitation Project meeting with stakeholders at Hotel Africa this afternoon. He said we need to modify the way we design projects in order to maximize the benefits to the community.

Under this project, KCCA specifically targets to reconstruct and improve *46km and associated drainage* together with *Signalizing 22 junctions.*

He said the infrastructure and investments must respond to the needs on the ground and this is what he has always strives for. He said its valuable in guiding the design of these projects so that they benefit the communities m.

He appreciated the African Development Bank for supporting this project and prayed that implementation can be expedited.

He said road infrastructure improvements, upgrade and junction signalization has been a long walk but it has finally been realized.

He concluded that he is passionate about the Kampala Multi model Transport Plan and he looks forward to have a metro to ease transport in the city.

Lukwago re-echoes need to amend 1942 market law

By Moses Kidandi

Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago has reiterated the urgent need to pass the Kampala City Market Ordinance and urged parliament to amend the 1942 Market Law.

The proposed amendment of the market law is before council is aimed at streamlining the law enforcement system and management of Boda boda operations in city.

The mayors remarks follow a meeting with the  Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development the Hon. Janat Mukwaya who paid a courtesy call at the Lord Mayor’s Parlor.

The Minister is in Kampala on a Field Monitoring Visit as an on-the-spot assessment of selected projects financed under the Youth Livelihood Program (YLP) and the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program (UWEP).

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor Hajat Sarah Kanyike, KCCA Deputy Executive Director Mr. Samuel Sserunkuuma and Councillor Zamin Nsibambi.

Mayor in the meeting also  raised pertinent concerns about the World Bank initiative of assisting the informal sector to create jobs, improving work spaces in Kampala as common user facilities.

Lukwago celebrates over Musisi’s resignation, warns Kamya

By Robert Segawa

The Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago wants  parliament of Uganda to enact a law in which the executive director for Kampala city council authority should go through the public service commission process and not mere appointment by the president.

Lord mayor Lukwago made the remarks during a press briefing at his office in Kampala, where he outlined recommendations after the resignation of executive director Jennifer Musisi.
Lukwago says over 700 staffs of the authority, didn’t go through public service process and majority do not have contracts.

Lukwago also promised to do rebranding  of KCCA to remove the new log which he says it’s meaningless   and cleanse the institution from the image  of one person ” Nankuulu” things must go.

Lord mayor also promised to take stock of  performance in Kampala capital city authority  by showing the bench mark and do the valuation of her seven years in office.

On 15th October, Jennifer Musisi tendered in her resignation letter to president Museveni after seven years in service.

A joyful Lukwago says he’s now settled in his office after seeing the crumbling empire of Jennifer Musisi he has attributed this to the power of people who elected him in office and added that  Jennifer Musisi failed to appreciate it and now she’s paying heavily, He said in life he will never miss her due to the way she treated him in period of seven years.

He says he never wanted to talk about the ordeal he went through during the 3 years Musisi closed his office and barricaded the troops for the grace of God and will of people  he is still in office.

Lord mayor also sends strong warning to Kampala Minister Betty Kamya which he says that she believes she can harvest  evil forgetting that the evil will always brings her down.