High Court judge Henrietta Wolayo has adjourned the hearing of the case in which Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago is accusing Minister Betty Kamya of usurping his powers, to 12th next month
The adjournment followed failure by the minster to turn up for cross examination by Lukwago’s lawyers today.
Mac Dusman Kabega, Minister Betty Kamya’s lawyer informed court that his client was unable to attend court because she was attending a cabinet meeting.
He asked for the matter to be adjourned to another day, which shouldn’t be a Monday
However, this was objected to by Lukwago’s lawyers led by Chrysostom Katumba, who termed it as a lie to court.
“The cabinet is not sitting because the president, who is the chairperson of the cabinet sittings and other members are heading to Arua for the burial of the late Hon Ibrahim Abiriga,” he argued.
Katumba added that the minister has on several occasions failed to turn up to court without giving reasons, adding that even if the cabinet meeting was scheduled, court summons cannot be disrespected.
Addressing press at court, Lukwago vowed to continue pushing until he gets justice.
He said the minister’s disregard of court is intentional and aimed at having this matter rendered useless after passing of the law which Kamya is pushing.
“We shall keep calm because 12th July is not very far; in mediation the minster didn’t turn up on several occasions until the matter was fixed for hearing, ” Lukwago said.
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 23rd / January 2018 to suspend council meetings where deliberations and decisions on how to govern the city are made.
In Lukwago’s case before High court he alleges that Kamya stalled the council meetings on grounds that they are illegal and no longer relevant to the city; a decision that Lukwago describes as irrational and unreasonable .
In the same petition, Lukwago seeks 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 “which he claims are an infringement and abuse of his rights and freedoms .