Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago runs to the Constitutional Court seeking to stay the court’s judgment in a case filed by veteran journalist Mulindwa Muwonge to abolish elective offices in Kampala city.
Lukwago also seeks to set aside proceedings of the said petition that was heard last Wednesday by 5 Constitutional court judges on grounds that there would be several elected mayors affected by the judgment including himself , the 4 division mayors and KCCA councillors were never listed as respondents.
Lukwago has now asked the court to re- open proceedings and give him along with his colleagues the opportunity to be heard and defend themselves in the case.
It should be membered that Constitutional court closed hearing of Mulindwa’s petition against Attorney General last week and promised to notify the 2 parties when it will be ready to deliver judgment.
Muwonge filed a petition in court challenging the laws under which Kampala city leaders were elected as being inconsistent with the Constitution.
The political leadership of Kampala comprises locally elected councillors and the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
Muwonge through his lawyer, Muhammad Kikomeko asked the Constitutional Court led by the Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma to abolish the offices of the Lord Mayor and Division Mayors, arguing that the 2005 Constitutional amendment of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Act gave Kampala a special status that placed it under the governance of the central government.
On December 28, 2010, President Museveni assented to the Kampala Capital City Authority Act which gave Kampala a special status and administered by the central government.