News / Africa

    Council Members to Expel Uganda Capital City Leader

    FILE - Erias Lukwago (L) walks with Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) representative Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu (R).
    FILE - Erias Lukwago (L) walks with Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) representative Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu (R).
    Peter Clottey
    Council members of Uganda’s Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) plan to vote Monday to impeach embattled Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, after a tribunal report accused him of incompetence and abuse of office.

    A High Court also plans to Monday review Lukwago’s petition seeking an injunction to stop the KCCA proceeding, contending that it is illegal and an affront to residents of the city.

    Last week, Dr. Kizza Besigye, former presidential candidate for the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), and Lukwago were detained Tuesday night and charged with inciting violence after attempting to address an “illegal rally.”  

    Lukwago is currently recovering in a hospital following his release from police custody.  He says KCC members have yet to officially inform him of their plans to impeach him.

    “Incidentally, I have just heard about this.  I have not received any official communication from the minister or any other person concerned,” said Lukwago.

    A local government and public service committee recently launched an inquiry into alleged mismanagement and in-fighting at the KCCA.  The investigation led to the report, which accused Mr. Lukwago of incompetence and abuse of office among other charges.  Lukwago denies the accusations as politically motivated by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. 

    “That is absolutely trash and is an insult to me and the people who elected me,” said Lukwago.  “Ever since I was elected there has been this notion being propagated by the NRM that the law governing KCCA now shifted the power center to the executive director that the Lord Mayor remains ceremonial.  I told them that, 'Look you are misinterpreting the law," of course for obvious reasons.”

    Uganda’s parliament recently threw out the report after some opposition lawmakers cited forgeries they said were aimed at implicating Lukwago.

    The Lord Mayor also wants the court to throw out the report saying “failure to do so will amount to a travesty of justice.”  He blames President Yoweri Museveni’s ruling NRM of a plot to remove him from power in spite of a constitutional requirement that demands the position of the city’s Lord Mayor be contested and won on a popular vote.

    “This has not always been in his favor that is why he is using [tactics] outside the parameters of the law to throw me out,” said Lukwago.

    But supporters of the ruling party rejected Lukwago’s accusations as baseless.  But Lukwago insists Mr. Museveni threatened at a recent event to ensure he is expelled from his position.                                                                

    “He sent out a very loud and clear message that to me that unless and until I apologize to him, am not going to remain at post.  And that he is ready to work with me on condition that I apologize.  And I have always asked which offense did I commit Mr. President, which warrants an apology from me?,” asked Lukwago.
    Clottey interview with Erias Lukwago, Lord Mayor of Kampala
    Clottey interview with Erias Lukwago, Lord Mayor of Kampalai
    || 0:00:00
    ...    
     
    X

    You May Like

    Russian-Backed Offensive in Syria Pushes War to Tipping Point

    As threat to Aleppo and rebel forces grows, US plan to negotiate becomes less and less appealing for Syrian government, says one military analyst

    IS Runs Timber Smuggling Business in Afghanistan, Officials Say

    Government turning blind eye to smuggling, according to tribal leaders; Afghanistan's forest cover dropped by 50 percent in three decades, experts say

    Video White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika

    Obama administration says funding would 'support essential strategies to combat the virus' such as rapidly expanding mosquito control programs, accelerating vaccine research

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Hassan Agondua from: Arua (Uganda)
    November 25, 2013 7:21 AM
    We ugandans are on fire we need to find all posible ways to move out M7 otherwise we will not enjoy our country as people know.Trust me so many ugandans are fed up of this M7 and his NRM

    by: anonymous from: unknown
    November 25, 2013 4:10 AM
    Not untill all of us UGANDANS take a stip stand a ganist mr.museveni or we also gp to the bush thats when we shall get the rule of law.
    and for the case all city councillors should be impitched they don't understand or have a patriotic heart..in fact most of them didn't go to school meaning they lack acquired or generall knowledge

    by: Uganda Dem. Federation from: Washington D.C.
    November 24, 2013 4:45 PM
    Museveni's assault on the most basic democratic activities is drawing fire from Ugandans around the world -- including organizations like the Uganda Democratic Federation (udfed.com).

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenyai
    X
    February 08, 2016 4:30 PM
    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video 'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenya

    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video New Hampshire Voters Are Independent, Mindful of History

    Once every four years, the northeastern state of New Hampshire becomes the center of the U.S. political universe with its first-in-the-nation presidential primary. What's unusual about New Hampshire is how seriously the voters take their role and the responsibility of being among the first to weigh in on the candidates.
    Video

    Video Chocolate Lovers Get a Sweet History Lesson

    Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals. But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush. They go on a sweet journey through history. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the festival.
    Video

    Video 'Smart' Bandages Could Heal Wounds More Quickly

    Simple bandages are usually seen as the first line of attack in healing small to moderate wounds and burns. But scientists say new synthetic materials with embedded microsensors could turn bandages into a much more valuable tool for emergency physicians. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Bhutanese Refugees in New Hampshire Closely Watching Primary Election

    They fled their country and lived in refugee camps in neighboring Nepal for decades before being resettled in the northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire -- now the focus of the U.S. presidential contest. VOA correspondent Aru Pande spoke with members of the Bhutanese community, including new American citizens, about the campaign and the strong anti-immigrant rhetoric of some of the candidates.
    Video

    Video Researchers Use 3-D Printer to Produce Transplantable Body Parts

    Human organ transplants have become fairly common around the world in the past few decades. Researchers at various universities are coordinating their efforts to find solutions -- including teams at the University of Pennsylvania and Rice University in Houston that are experimenting with a 3-D printer -- to make blood vessels and other structures for implant. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, they are also using these artificial body parts to seek ways of defeating cancerous tumors.
    Video

    Video Helping the Blind 'See' Great Art

    There are 285 million blind and visually impaired people in the world who are unable to enjoy visual art at a museum. One New York photographer is trying to fix this situation by making tangible copies of the world’s masterpieces. VOA correspondent Victoria Kupchinetsky was there as visually impaired people got a feel for great art. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
    Video

    Video Sanders, Clinton Battle for Young Democratic Vote

    Despite a narrow loss to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in last week's Iowa Democratic caucuses, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders secured more than 80 percent of the vote among those between the ages of 18 and 29. VOA correspondent Aru Pande talks to Democrats in New Hampshire about who they are leaning towards and why in this week's primary.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.