Lukwago set to camp at EC over mayoral polls

news02pixKampala- Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has vowed to march to the Electoral Commission (EC) with his supporters on Monday, demanding his nomination after the electoral body suspended the exercise until the minister for Kampala issues electoral regulations.

On Wednesday, EC chairman Badru Kiggundu told journalists that the Commission was unable to conduct nominations as per their roadmap since they had not received guidelines on how the elections will be conducted in the city from Mr Frank Tumwebaze as provided in the KCCA Act.

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However, Mr Lukwago said yesterday the EC chairman was being ‘used’ by government to deny the Kampala electorate their right to vote opposition candidates.

“Whatever Mr Kiggundu is saying is idle talk…the programme was released, indicating that we are going to be nominated from November 16 to November 20 and gazetted,” Mr Lukwago said at a gathering organised by his pressure group, Truth and Justice, at his home in Kampala.

On Tuesday, government tabled 36 amendments to the Kampala Capital City Authority Act before Parliament. The amendments, among others, seek to have a city lord mayor elected from among the councillors by the council, a proposal contested by Mr Lukwago as obnoxious.

He said Mr Kiggundu was giving time to government to have amendments in place so he can be thrown out, a claim dismissed by Commission spokesperson Jotham Taremwa.

“If he thinks he [Lukwago] will come and get nominated without regulations, he is free to come but he will not be nominated,” Mr Taremwa told this newspaper on phone yesterday.

Mr Lukwago, however, insisted that no one will stop the “liberation struggle” and should government amend the Act, he has plan B of unseating Attorney General Fred Ruhindi, whom he said is part of those intending to amend the KCCA Act.

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