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Who is Erias Lukwago?

NEWS- Erias Lukwago Ssalongo (born 11 May 1970), 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 Councilors 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 by then Frank Tumwebaze to stop the implementation of the tribunal report that paved way for his censure

Background and Education

He was born in Kabungo Masaka district (now Kalungu district) on 11 May 1970 to Muhamoud Mirundi and Salimanti Nakayaga. Lukwago is reported to have more than twenty siblings. Lukwago attended Makerere University between 1995 until 1997, graduating with a Bachelor of Law 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.

Work experience

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. In 2016 he was sworn in for his second term

Personal details Erias Lukwago is married to Zawedde Lubwama Lukwago and they have six 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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