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Attorney General Peter Nyombi last night said Judge Yassin Nyanzi’s ruling was unenforceable considering that it was issued after Lukwago was impeached.
“The interim injunction is therefore impossible to implement as we cannot stop a meeting that has already occurred,” said Nyombi in response to a letter from Tumwebaze who had sought a legal opinion on the implication of the ruling.
The latest development set the stage for a showdown between Lukwago and his supporters on one hand and Police.
Nyombi’s views have since determined government’s next course of action.
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said today Lukwago was impeached and that he must be replaced.
“The interim order is to stop a meeting that has already taken place,” said Opondo, adding, “The interim order does not reinstate Lukwago because it wasn’t asked for.
He also attacked Judge Nyanzi saying he handled a file that was not handed to him.
“Information is the Principal Judge denies giving Nyanzi the case file. If it is true Justice Nyanzi came from leave to handle #Lukwago petition, it’s a disgrace.”
Opondo further warned that “any attempts by rouge elements to disrupt the tranquility and business will be handled firmly by law enforcement agencies.”
With Nyombi reiterating that “In fact the seat of the Lord Mayor has already been declared vacant and the Electoral Commission has accordingly been notified in accordance with the law,” government seems determined not allow Lukwago back at City Hall.
He added: “None of the reliefs granted to Mr. Erias Lukwago by the High Court requires his reinstatement to the office of Lord Mayor. The resolution passed by the KCCA councillors removing Mr. Lukwago from the office of The Lord Mayor remains valid.”
Lawyers insist that government must obey court orders and that Nyombi’s views are not binding on court.
However, Deputy Police publicist Patrick Onyango says Lukwago will not be allowed anywhere near the City Hall.
Police’s statement follows an announcement by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi closing the authority.
By 9:00am, there was commotion in downtown Kampala, with vendors who had earlier been chased returning to the streets to sell bananas and other items.
At Wakaligga, Police remains heavily deployed around Lukwago’s residence.