Court quashes petition, Lukwago halts rallies


Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago

The Constitutional court has Tuesday dismissed a court petition seeking to block the elections of the Lord Mayor and other leaders in Kampala.

The petition was filed by Journalist Mulindwa Muwonge who sought court interpretation on whether it was legal for the Electoral Commission to conduct nominations of the Kampala Lord Mayor in the absence of a new law.

Government was recently forced to withdraw the Kampala Capital City Authority (amendment) bill, 2015 following public pressure.

The bill was suggesting that the lord mayor be elected among and from the councillors.

The panel of five judges led by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma said the petitioners led by Muwonge had no grounds in their petition.

The judges faulted Mohammed Kikomeko, Muwonge’s lawyer on mistakes and purporting a letter from the commissioner of oaths, Saudah Nsereko.

Court rejected Kikomeko’s plea for adjournment and dismissed the petition.

Lukwago suspends campaigns

Meanwhile, Lukwago today suspended his campaigns citing harassment after police blocked his first campaign rally on Monday.

Lukwago was yesterday supposed to have a rally at Nakasero Market Park Yard.

Police blocked the venue citing a disruption of city traffic.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, the venue was “not suitable”.

Lukwago insisted they were blocking him to give NRM’s candidate Dan Kazibwe an upper hand.

He was displeased with police chief Kale Kayihura saying this was happening even when the electoral commission cleared him to commence rallies.

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