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

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land In French Port

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching 'Fortress Europe' More

Video Westgate Mall Attack Survivors Confront Painful Memories

On anniversary of terror attack, survivors discuss how they have coped with trauma they experienced that day More

New Hints That Dark Matter Exists

New evidence from International Space Station hints at existence of dark matter and dark energy More

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).

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calaisi
X
Lisa Bryant
September 19, 2014 5:04 PM
The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Migrants Caught in No-Man's Land Called Calais

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean this week has only recast the spotlight on the perils of reaching Europe. And for those forunate enough to reach a place like Calais, France, only find that their problems aren't over. Lisa Bryant has the story.
Video

Video Westgate Siege Anniversary Brings Back Painful Memories

One year after it happened, the survivors of the terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall still cannot shake the images of that tragic incident. For VOA, Mohammed Yusuf tells the story of victims still waiting for the answer to the question 'how could this happen?'
Video

Video Militant Assault in Syria Displaces Thousands of Kurds

A major assault by Islamic State militants on Kurds in Syria has sent a wave of new refugees to the Turkish border, where they were stopped by Turkish border security. Turkey is already hosting about 700,000 Syrian refugees who fled the civil war between the government and the opposition. But the government in Ankara has a history of strained relations with Turkey's Kurdish minority. Zlatica Hoke reports Turkey is asking for international help.
Video

Video CERN Accelerator Back in Business

The long upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider is over. The scientific instrument responsible for the discovery of the Higgs boson -- the so-called "God particle" -- is being brought up to speed in time for this month's 60th anniversary of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN. Physicists hope the accelerator will help them uncover more secrets about the origins of the universe. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Whaling Summit Votes to Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt

The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Russian Economy Reeling After New Western Sanctions

A new wave of Western sanctions is hitting Russia’s economy hard. State-owned energy firms continue to bleed profits and Russia’s national currency plunged to a new low this week after the U.S. and the European Union announced new sanctions to punish Russia's aggressive stance in eastern Ukraine. But as Mil Arcega reports, the sanctions could also prove costly for European and American companies.
Video

Video Belgian Researchers Discover Way to Block Cancer Metastasis

Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases, despite many new methods to combat it. Modern medicine has treatments to prevent the growth of primary tumor cells. But most cancer deaths are caused by metastasis, the stage when primary tumor cells change and move to other parts of the body. A team of Belgian scientists says it has found a way to prevent that process. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Mogadishu's Flood of Foreign Workers Leaves Somalis Out of Work

Unemployment and conflict has forced many young Somalians out of the country in search of a better life. But a newfound stability in the once-lawless nation has created hope — and jobs — which, some say, are too often being filled by foreigners. Abdulaziz Billow reports from Mogadishu.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid