By Ronaldo Nagye
Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago has taken the Minister for Kampala, Beti Olive Namisango Kamya (BONK) to Court accusing her of usurping his powers as lord mayor for illegally passing herself off as the political head of the city whereas not.
He says his mandate to serve as the duly elected mayor of the city has been abused 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 halted 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 a filed petition at high court Kampala , 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”. He claims such decisions are an infringement and abuse of his rights and freedoms.
Lukwago further seeks orders to compel Kamya to put in place a metropolitan physical planning committee as required by the KCCA Act arguing that the absence of this committee negatively impacts him in the performance of his duties of developing and strategizing for the city.