Newly elected Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said nothing will stop him from entering his office next week.
“I wish to reiterate my earlier communication that I will officially access the Lord Mayor’s parlour on Thursday 14th April at 11am as there are no legal fetters stopping me from doing so. All the relevant government officials have been notified in writing,” Lukwago told the press on Friday.
Lukwago, who won the recent elections by close to 80%, said staff last month reopened his office to have it cleaned and refurbished to prepare his coming. Lukwago frustrated with KCCA’s conduct of duties said, “KCCA hasn’t been paying my salary of 18million per month since 2013, and I incur big expenses on vehicle maintenance and others which should be sorted out by the Authority.”
In a notice addressed to the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority through Lukwago and Co. Advocates, Lukwago demanded an apology from the Authority for the fallacious statement barring the client from accessing the office and payments of his salary arrears together with the staff attached to his office that accrued since November 2013 ought be paid not exceeding 15th April.
Also informed about his official admission to the office of the Lord Mayor on Thursday 14th April 2016 at 11:00am and the director of Human Resource ought to prepare necessary arrangements to receive him. And client requested the responsible directors to liaise with his team ( Personal Assistant and Political Assistant) for preparations of the swearing in ceremony and signatory process.
Lastly he requested the technical staff to desist from uttering or issuing provocative remarks or statements that would inflame the volatile environment at KCCA.
History of KCCA wrangling
On 25th and 28th November 2013, Registrar High Court and Justice Yassin Nyanzi ruled in favour of Lukwago against the impeachment by KCCA officials of barring him from accessing his office.
The Attorney general further made an appeal to the superior court to secure an interim order against the decision made in favour of Lukwago. However the interim order expired within 21 days without the Attorney General filing the appeal and the main application for stay of execution wasn’t heard.
This opened relief to Lukwago who won close to 80% votes cast in the recent general elections and is at liberty to access the Lord Mayor’s parlour and execute his duties without any interference.