Divisions Remain Despite Negotiations for Lukwago Return To Office

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Tumwebaze downplayed the negotiations saying rather than what people think they are geared at having the political arm of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) active. Tumwebaze insists that it isn't the councillors who failed to work together with Lukwago because they had issues with him, so it about the willingness of people to work together.

Confusion mars the supposed negotiations between government and impeached Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago over his return to office.
 
Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, at the request of deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah initiated a peace making process with Lukwago who was thrown out office by councillors over incompetence.
 
However in an interview with URN, Minister in charge of presidency and Kampala city Frank Tumwebaze said the talks aren't about the return of Lukwago to office.
 
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Tumwebaze downplayed the negotiations saying rather than what people think they are geared at having the political arm of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) active.
 
"It isn't the councillors who failed to work together with Lukwago because they had issues with him, so it about the willingness of people to work together," the Minister said.
 
"It is not about Lukwago to come into office, he was there before if that is the only agenda then the lawyers can advise."
 
He said before Lukwago thinks about his return, it is important he bears in mind on how to deal with the court case.
 
While cases can be settled out of court, the minister said it would be living in denial if Lukwago doesn't change his attitude and work methods.
 
He said it is key for Lukwago to express willingness to work with the councillors if he is return to the city Hall.
 
Makindye West Councillors Allan Sewanyana said the government is cornered is just beating about the bush on the return of the Mayor.
 
He said government must swallow and allow the mayor to return to office because his impeachment was illegal.
 
He said Justice Lydia Mugambi ruled and pronounced herself on the true occupant of the Lord Mayor.

"It is about government now to realize and make sense of that ruling and leave us to work with the lord Mayor," Sewanyana said.
 
Bruhan Byaruhanga, the Kyambogo councilor and architect of Lukwago impeachment says there is no need to discuss Lukwago because he was impeached by majority of councillors.
 
He reiterated the minister's remark that the talks are geared at operationalizing the political office of KCCA.
 
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Byaruhanga said amidst the court cases , the focus is having Sulaiman Kidandali occupy the office as the legal matters are settled.
 
"Realistically speaking the negotiations are about on the handling of the issues of office of the lord Mayor not the personality of Lukwago, certainly the two aren't the same, although Lukwago used to occupy the office before he was impeached," Byaruhanga said.
 
However councillor Sewanyana disagrees with the Kyambogo councillors saying, there is no way Lord Mayor's office can be discussed without including Lukwago.
 
He says Lukwago has no deputy and if government is talking about the Lord Mayor's office, it is Lukwago they must talk to.
 
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Busiro East MP Medard Sseggona who is leading the Lukwago team agrees with the Makinye councillor.
 
Sseggona says , the office of the lord mayor has a legal occupant who is waiting to get access to his office. "All Lukwago is waiting for is to get into his office," Sseggona said.
 
We couldn't get the opinion of the attorney general as he didn't return our numerous calls.
 
Lukwago was impeached by KCCA councillors in November 2013, acting on the KCCA Tribunal report that found him guilty of abuse of office, incompetence, misconduct or misbehaviour and failure to convene meetings of the Authority without reasonable cause. His return has attracted protracted legal battles.
 
In March 2014 High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe reinstated him, a decision which was overturned by Justice Steven Kavuma of the Court of Appeal.