By Jude Etyang
KAMPALA - Kampala mayor John Ssebaana Kizito is ready to stand for president in 2006 on the Democratic Party (DP) ticket.
Ssebaana said he was waiting for the delegates conference on October 30, to nominate him.
President Yoweri Museveni has consistently criticised Ssebaana for allegedly mismanaging the city, failing to dispose of garbage and filling potholes.
Ssebaana said yesterday he would not re-contest for the mayorship of Kampala but would continue participating in party and national politics.
If they (DP delegates) decide so, why not; I will stand, said Ssebaana.
As far as DP is concerned, the time has not yet come to elect candidates who will represent the party. I am waiting for that moment, he said.
Ssebaana was reacting to reports that he would not stand for the presidency.
Ssebaana personal assistant Matthias Nsubuga told a press conference yesterday that Ssebaana was out of town but wanted the record put straight.
The Mayor is not coming back as mayor. However, it doesn't mean that he has stopped being active. He is active in DP and will be active in national politics, Nsubuga said at Christ the King Hall.
Nsubuga said Ssebaana would stand for elective posts in the party or otherwise. He said he had received many phone calls from Ssebaana's supporters across the globe, urging the mayor to stand.
People are saying he should not let them down, said Nsubuga. The chairman of the DP Chapter in the US, Lawrence Nsereko, also called. The US chapter wants Ssebaana as the party candidate next year.
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