Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago says he will no pay any money to the Executive Director, Ms Jenifer Musisi, as court costs, arguing that the case he lost against her was in public interest.
Addressing a press conference at City Hall yesterday, Lukwago said he has already instructed his lawyers to petition the Court of Appeal particularly on paying case damages.
Lukwago on Monday lost a court case in which he had sued Ms Musisi last September. Court also ordered the Lord Mayor to foot all the bills of costs in which Ms Musisi incurred in pursuing the case amounting to at least Shs200 million.
“On this matter [paying Shs200m], I’m determined to go up to the Supreme Court. Paying costs for what? I’m not ready to pay even a coin because this is an issue of administration which directly affects the public,” Lukwago said adding, “…..I resorted to court after she [Ms Musisi] frustrated other avenues of resolving this misunderstanding to the extent that the judge offered to mediate between us but she never appeared.”
The trial judge, Mr Eldad Mwangusya, in a ruling read by the registrar of the court, Mr Eudes Keiterima, said Mr Lukwago should have first sought alternative remedies with the Authority before running to court.
Meanwhile, Lukwago has summoned Kampala Capital City Authority meeting to convene next Monday to particularly resolve the power struggle between the two big offices at City Hall.
He said executive director should appear in person so that every decision is made in her presence as the authority will spend time on interpretation of the mayoral and executive director powers and responsibilities as laid down by the KCC Act.
By Robert Mwanje, Daily Monitor