Erias Lukwago, the Lord Mayor of Kampala, made a first-ever response to a letter purportedly written by Gen. Salim Saleh, the Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation, in which he allegedly stated that he had withdrawn his support for him.
“That is crap that I have taken to court,”Lukwago stated on Wednesday, in response to a query from journalists over the letter.
According to the letter dated December 31, Gen. Saleh stated that he had stopped supporting Lukwago’s political campaigns unless the latter publicly apologized to him for his public remarks about him.
However, Lukwago made an indirect statement on it, claiming he could not waste time on what he called “crap,” in a way that suggested he was dodging the subject.
“I don’t want to comment on their fabricated stories. From today, I want to put you on notice that as you continue fabricating stories, prepare to pay me.”
He said that he had accused the New Vision, a government-owned publication, of “fabricating” a story about him in relation to Gen. Saleh’s letter.
Lukwago argued that the New Vision would be required to compensate him for damages at the conclusion of the legal dispute.
“I have dragged them to court and the case is there. I am serving them with summons today . Please(New Vision) prepare to pay me. We go through a lot and they fabricate such stories? I have seen the headline in the New Vision is a bit big and therefore prepare to pay hefty. “
The Lord Mayor claimed that the mafia, whom he accused for spreading these rumors about him in connection with his campaign to give the city back to the people of Kampala, had subjected him to impeachment and blackmail.
He said, however, that he has grown a thick skin over the years he has worked at City Hall and that nothing can stop him.
“I know that any person who stands in the face of these cartels and mafia will suffer the blunt of state persecution, impeachment and blackmail. However, we developed a tough skin.”