Opposition Condemns Lukwago Impeachment, Police Brutality Top story

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This in a joint statement in which they collectively condemned police brutality and circumstances that unveiled during and after the KCCA council meeting in which Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was ousted.

Opposition Party Presidents undertake to work jointly to eliminate impunity, destruction of national institutions, disrespect for the rule of law and personalization of the state by the ruling government.
 
This in a joint statement in which they collectively condemned police brutality and circumstances that unveiled during and after the KCCA council meeting in which Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was ousted.
 
Lukwago was yesterday voted out of office by KCCA councillors after a tribunal found him guilty of incompetence and abuse of office.  He lost the ballot by 29 votes to three.
 
Subsequently, Police fired tear gas to break up groups protesting against Lukwago’s dismissal. The protesters accuse government of plotting against Lukwago in order to wrest control of the mayor's post from the opposition.

The statement presented by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President General Mugisha Muntu was signed by the leaders of the Conservative Party (CP) Justice Forum (JEEMA) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
 
The leaders condemn the use of security agencies to unleash violence and terror on perceived opponents of the regime and the continued brutalisation of opposition leaders and activists.
 
They further appeal to all democracy-seeking opposition political parties, civil society and the voters  to resist attempts to disenfranchise the people of Kampala and Uganda of their rights to elect their leaders.


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Asuman Basalirwa adds that all political parties are associating themselves with the Court Process challenging the impeachment of Erias Lukwago in show of solidarity. He equally appeals to people of Kampala to reclaim their vote by rejecting the exercise in which Lukwago was thrown out of office.

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.