Published November 14, 2013
KAMPALA, Uganda – Toronto isn't the only city whose mayor has problems. The mayor of Uganda's capital city has been found guilty of abuse of office.
A government tribunal ruled Thursday that Erias Lukwago, whose title is lord mayor of Kampala, is guilty of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct.
Lukwago is a political opponent of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has controlled Uganda since 1986.
Anti-riot police deployed in anticipation of demonstrations against the mayor's conviction. No protests materialized so far. Lukwago is an ally of the opposition figure Kizza Besigye, who has led "Walk to Work" protests that sometimes turn into confrontations with riot police.
Lukwago said after Thursday's verdict that Museveni wants to break opposition members' spirit in a fight for social justice and rule of law.