Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago
A panel of five Constitutional Court justices on Tuesday started hearing a matter in which Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago challenges some sections of the KCCA Act which he says gives the Minister in charge of Kampala excess powers.
In his petition Lukwago says section 12(5) of the KCCA Act gives the Minister Quasi-Judicial powers to establish a tribunal to investigate the Lord Mayor on any allegations brought against him by city councillors
Through his lawyer Chrysostom Katumba, Lukwago says such a tribunal should be set up by an independent official from the judiciary since it has to be led by a judge, than a minster who is a part of KCCA
The justices gave each party 5 days within which to file their written submissions and after they will deliver their judgement on notice.
The panel included Cheborion Burishaki, Egonda Ntende, Elizabeth Musoke , Irene Mulyagonja and Muzamir Kibedi.
This petition arose from the 2013 incident were Lukwago was impeached by KCCA councillors accusing him of incompetence.
The Minister of Kampala by then Hon Frank Tumwebaze instituted a three-man tribunal to investigate the issues which were raised by a group of city councillors against the Lord Mayor
Lukwago challenged the process on grounds that the Minister didn’t grant him a fair hearing which is in contravention of the constitution for the Republic of Uganda.