High Court’s Justice Hennrietta Wolayo has summoned the Minister in charge of Kampala City Betty Olive Kamya to appear on the 24th/April 2018 to be cross-examined on several allegations by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, who is accusing her of interfering in his executive powers.
Lukwago’s lawyer Chrysostom Katumba asked court to summon Minister Kamya to explain some of the contents in her affidavit filed in court.
“I seek an order to direct Hon Betty Kamya to appear in court for cross examination since she is not among those exempted by law to appear in court,” Katumba submitted
Meanwhile, the judge encouraged Kamya and Lukwago to exhaust all avenues of settling their differences out of court through mediation and once they fail, this case will commence on the 24th/April 2018.
Lukwago dragged Kamya to court, accusing her of illegally passing-off as the political head of the city whereas she was not the one elected by people’s mandate.
Lukwago claims his mandate to serve as the duly elected mayor of the city has been usurped by Kamya who even took a decision on the 23rd / January 2018 to suspend council meetings where deliberations and decisions on how to govern the city are made.
According to court documents, Kamya stalled the council meetings on grounds that they are illegal and no longer relevant to the city, adecision that Lukwago describes as irrational and unreasonable.
In his petition, Lukwago wants orders to quash Kamya’s decision regarding the legality of Council meetings and another decision that subjects all his travels as the Lord Mayor to a “ministerial permit”
Lukwago claims such decisions are an infringement and abuse of his rights and freedoms.
Lukwago, through advocates of Lukwago and company Advocates says that unless court intervenes and bar Kamya from making such irrational statements it will put him in jeopardy hence forth affect the social contract he made with his voters in May 2016 .