Kampala city Lord Mayor elect, Erias Lukwago has said Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni hijacked his instruments of power and there’s nothing much he can do to reclaim his office, adding that the stalemate at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is likely to continue.
According to Lukwago, management at KCCA has declared him a persona non grata (an unwelcome person) and his attempts to reclaim his office have been frustrated by the state in what many people have predicted a recap of what happened in his last term of office.
“I’m sorry to sound like a prophet of doom but that’s the reality. The state is trying to impose an interim order which in reality is supposed to be expired,” said Lukwago referring to an order issued by Justice Steven Kavuma blocking him from accessing his office after Justice Lydia Mugambe ruled that he was never impeached.
He made the remarks while appearing on the Big Breakfast Show on Capital FM in which he further noted that the stalemate has affected service delivery to the people who voted for him.
According to Lukwago, the KCCA budget has improved from Sh50 billion annually to Shs560 billion yet Kampala city dwellers continue to grapple with the problem of poor transport syetem, poor drainage system, poor garbage disposal and lack of monitoring, among others.
“KCCA management is still using a structural plan which expired ten years ago. Under such circumstances, there isn’t much you can expect as far as city development is concerned,” he added.
Lukwago early this month grudgingly accepted to file an application requesting the Court of Appeal to hear his appeal against the order of the head of the same court which stopped him from resuming his office two years ago.
Mr Lukwago will file his application for review of Deputy Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma’s interim order, which will be heard by a panel of three judges of the same court.
KCCA and the Attorney General claim Lukwago is not Lord Mayor.
He had set early this month for his return to the office, but the Attorney General blocked his return.
The AG said Lukwago could not return to office under the current term because he did not appeal Justice Kavuma’s interim order before a three-judge panel of Court of Appeal as advised by the Supreme Court.