Mr. Deus Mukalazi

A citizen has run to the High Court demanding that an interim order be issued restraining local governments from implementing directives by the Minister of Local Government relating to mayors pof former municipalities that are now cities.

Deus Mukalazi Mubiru also wants the High Court to issue an order restraining the district leadership or any other relevant officials from implementing the said guidelines pending the determination of the main application.

Mukalazi wants the High Court to declare that the mayors of the former municipalities and mayors of new cities not to be sworn in until the main application is heard.
The petition was filed yesterday through M/S Allan and Festo Advocates.

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In a suit filed before the civil division of the High Court, Mukalazi wants a declaration that the guidelines issued by the Minister of Local Government on June 30, 2020 directing on the operationalization of new cities are illegal and ultra vires for flouting both the procedural and substantive law.

Mukalazi also wants Court to direct that the directive issued by the Minister declaring the mayors of the former municipalities the interim mayors of the respective newly created cities illegal and irrational.
An order of certiorari should be issued quashing the said guidelines and directives accordingly, petitioned Mr Mukalazi in his suit.

Mukalazi also petitioned Court demanding that an order of prohibition or permanent injunction stopping the addresses and any other official from acting and or implementing the impugned instrument.

“In the guidelines, the Minister tries to create a law or binding rules without legal capacity. In doing so, the Minister amended or attempted to amend the Local Governments Act without authority. It is in the interest of justice that this application is granted,” reads Mr Mukalazi’s petition.