By Solomon Lubambula
The embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has tasked General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police [IGP] to give details of alleged plan to kidnap him.
While addressing reporters from his home on Jan 6, the mayor said, police should have taken serious actions in regard to the intelligence reports that some people had plotted to abduct him, his deputy or even a member of his family.
A visibly disgruntled Lukwago, said that Police should have parades all those suspects in the plot, instead of lamenting it in the media.
“I am waiting to see the police holding a press conference to parade these individuals who are behind this move otherwise I am just walking, watching my back and I do not know, we are all in panic with my children”said
He thus says that the number of police officers deployed at his home, are inadequate as far as providing security to his family members such as children is concerned, concluding that it is a ploy by government, to deliberately harm him because he was about to reveal sensitive information over failure to account for Public Funds being released to KCCA officials led by Jenifer Musisi.
“We are tempted to believe that actually it is the government plotting to kill me, it is the government plotting to kidnap me, they are preparing the mindset of the public that if it happens, they will just come and tell the world that you see didn’t we tell you this, that is the reason why I am scared” Lukwago explained.
Lukwago’s claims came just hours, after police had foiled his consultative meeting which he had organized to allow all stake holders in Kampala time to device solutions to many unanswered questions in Kampala Capital City Authority.
Police, however, ridiculed Lukwago’s allegations, describing them as mere rumors which are baseless, aimed at diverting the police from maintaining law and order in the city.
“There is nothing like kidnap, police doesn’t kidnap, if at all what you call a kidnap can be an arrest, so, if any citizen misconducts himself he is liable to arrest, so in case there is need for that we shall arrest.”-Mwesigye Joramm who is the Old Kampala Police Commander told us on Monday.
He added that, police will continue to execute its mandate, despite “black mailing” political statements from “opposition politicians”
Meanwhile the Justice Forum (JEEMA) President General Asumani Basalirwa, offered the party offices in Mengo to Lukwago’s Task force that intends to restore what he called people at the Kampala city hall.
The Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze says it is now official that the taskforce and the general opposition are striving to overthrow this government that undermines peoples’ power clearly stipulated in article 1of the Constitution.
“Anyone who fights who violates the constitution commits no offence” Nambooze who quoted article one of the constitution, said.
“Now Museveni’s government has overthrown the will of the people of Kampala.We no longer bit around the bush, once a government violates the constitution, the same constitution mandates me to overthrow the government to defend the constitution, it is not a matter of choice but rather my responsibility as per the constitution “she added.
She thus declared that “We are going to overthrow this government because it has violated the constitution and it is not our wish but we do it because the constitution mandates us to do so”.
She rallied the people of Lubaga where the JEEMA offices are situated, to spearhead the struggle to protect their mandate they entrusted in Lukwago through a popular vote against NRM government.
Lukwago has been out of the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at the City hall since the November 25 last year when 29 KCCA Councilors censured him based on the findings of the Tribunal Report by Justice Catherine Bamugemierwe, that he was incompetent and misconducted himself.