Reinstated Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago is going to hold a meeting over his salary come early next year, UP has learned.
The meeting will address police’s continued presence at his office and his salary which he says has been delayed. Lukwago claims dialogue with government has failed and he is seeking the help of the people of Kampala in matters concerning his office.
He said the date and venue of the meeting will be held secret “due to security reasons”. He went on to add that he will report to the stakeholders“…police’s presence at the Mayor’s Parlour, why my remunerations have delayed and the outcomes of the dialogues that have since flopped”.
“In that meeting, I intend to seek for fundraising from the public that will include MPs, traders, opposition people, boda bodas and taxi operators and other citizens, so that I can raise money to run the day-today activities of my office since my salary hasn’t been paid up-to-date.”
Mr Lukwago said he is entitled to a monthly stipend of Shs16 million, but he has been receiving Shs11.4 million as take home package. In reference to his salary, he went on to add saying, “My salary is always remitted on every 24th of the month, but since my impeachment, it has been delaying and I’m yet to receive that of November and December,” he said.
To date, the embattled Lord Mayor has been able to access his office since the KCCA council passed a censure vote against him on November 25 following a tribunal report that had found him guilty of misconduct, abuse of office and incompetence.
High Court Judge Yasin Nyanzi, however, on November 28, nullified the censure vote, ruling that an injunction had already been granted to the Lord Mayor staying the implementation of the tribunal report, which he [Mr Lukwago] is challenging in court.
Despite the court order, in a meeting attended by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Internal Affairs Minister Aronda Nyakayirima, Mr Tumwebaze, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi and the Kampala Metropolitan Commander Andrew Felix Kaweesi, government announced that Lukwago was no longer the Lord Mayor of Kampala; that he was a private citizen like any other Ugandan.
“The court order we have, the Attorney General also recognizes it. As oppositions we have given dialogue a lot of time, but it yielded no returns,” Lukwago replied in reference to the statements made at the meeting.