Lukwago starts Kampala mayoral election campaigns

KAMPALA. Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago is expected to launch his campaigns today as he bids to retain the mayoral seat.

According to Mr Lukwago, all is set for “the big do” in the evening at Old Taxi Park, Kisansa after Juma prayers.

Mr Lukwago urged police to give him the necessary protection and security for his procession as agreed earlier in a meeting with police and Electoral Commission (EC).

He said he had agreed with the EC Kampala District returning officer, Mr Charles Ntege and the Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Mr Abbas Byakagaba to change his campaign launch venue from the Nakasero Market Park Yard to Kisansa, Old Taxi Park.

“I hope police will walk the talk and do its mandated duties. I have sent my team to Mr Byakagaba to ensure that all the nitty-gritties are put right so that there’s no sabotage at last minute,” he said.

Mr Mr Lukwago further noted, “My campaign tenets will be anchored on transformation of Kampala, equitable development, reconstitution of structural systems of government [Kampala Capital City Authority], transparency and rule of law.”

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Mr Patrick Onyango assured Mr Lukwago of all the necessary assistance for his campaigns.

“We have no problem with Mr Lukwago exercising his rights. We have agreed there will be procession. We have also granted his request to put 200 ushers to monitor malpractices with us [police],” Mr Onyango said.

He added that Mr Lukwago has been allowed to hold his Nakasero rally at the weekend.

This comes just days after the Constitutional Court dismissed petition in which a radio journalist was challenging the election of the political leadership of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for failure to meet the required court standards.

In the petition, Mr Mulindwa Muwonge had asserted that Section 6 of the KCCA Act, which provides the Authority as the governing body of the capital city composed of elected councillors and a lord mayor, contravenes articles 5 (4) and 2(1) of the Constitution, and should be scrapped.

However, in a unanimous decision, the court led by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma ruled that the petition by Mr Mulindwa lacked sufficient ingredients, making it defective.

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SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR