11 May 1970 |
|Alma mater||Makerere University
(Bachelor of Laws)
Law Development Centre
(Diploma in Legal Practice)
|Years active||1998 — present|
|Known for||Politics, Law|
|Title||Lord Mayor of Kampala|
Erias Lukwago (Ssalongo) is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the Lord Mayor of the city of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest metropolitan area in the country. He was elected to that position on 14 January 2011. He was voted out of office on 25 November 2013 by Councillors after a tribunal found him guilty of incompetence and abuse of office. The Kampala Capital City Authority councilors voted 29 to three to impeach him. He was re-instated on 28 November 2013 after the High Court Judge Yasin Nyanzi ordered Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze to stop the implementation of the tribunal report that paved way for his censure.
Background and education
He was born in Kampala on 11 May 1970 to Muhammad Mirundi and Salmati Nkayaga. Lukwago is reported to have more than twenty siblings. Lukwago attended Makerere University between 1995 until 1997, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in 1998. He also holds a Certificate in Advocacy Skills from the International Law Institute.
Since 1998, Lukwago has worked as the managing partner in the offices of Lukwago and Co. Advocates, a Kampala law firm that specializes in constitutional law and human rights law. In 2005, he was elected to the Ugandan Parliament, on the Democratic Party ticket, representing the Central Kampala Constituency. While in parliament, he served on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and on the Local Government Accounts Committee. He resigned from Parliament in 2011 and was elected Lord Mayor of the City of Kampala. Lukwago has in the past served as national legal adviser to the Democratic Party in Uganda, and as Shadow Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. On 20 May 2011, Lukwago was sworn in as Lord Mayor of Kampala for a five-year term.
Erias Lukwago is married to Zawedde Lubwama Lukwago and they have five children. He has in the past been a member of the Democratic Party in Uganda, although in the 2011 elections he ran as an independent. He belongs to the Nkima Clan of Buganda.
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- BBC News (25 November 2013). "Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago Ousted By Councillors". BBC News (London). Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Wesaka, Anthony (29 November 2013). "Court Reinstates Embattled Kampala Lord Mayor". Africa Review (Nairobi). Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Don Wanyama, and Mercy Nalugo (16 March 2011). "Lukwago - A Politician of All Seasons". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Work History of Erias Lukwago
- Semakula, John (21 May 2011). "Lukwago Swears In As Lord Mayor". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Lord Mayor & Councillors For Kampala Sworn In
- "Uganda: DP's Mao Congratulates New Mayor". Daily Monitor via AllAfrica.com. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
As Mayor of Kampala
|Lord Mayor of Kampala
2011 - 2016