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I didn't cross to FDC for political scheming - Lukwago

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 29th July 2020 08:37 PM

I didn't cross to FDC for political scheming - Lukwago


The Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has explained that his decision to join the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)  has nothing to do with scheming for any political position.

"I have taken this decision as an adult of sound mind by my own free will. I will not delve into reasons why I left DP," he noted.

He stressed that he did not join FDC for anything materialistic or political scheming as some of his attackers are speculating.

He noted that all the time he has served as "omuloodi wa Kampala" (Kampala Lord Mayor), he has never been expressly endorsed by his former party.

Lukwago was a senior Democratic Party (DP) member working as a legal advisor until they fell out with the sitting DP president general, Norbert Mao.

"Those who think that I am here for a meal card, should know that I am at city hall without express endorsement of DP despite the fact that I have been a staunch member of the party," he added.

He promised to work for his new party to continue pushing for the rule of law at all costs.

Lukwago was unveiled and initiated into FDC by the party president and secretary general, Parick Amuriat and Nandala Mafabi respectively.

The event was attended by party leaders from various parts of the country and other party members at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, a Kampala suburb.  

Lukwago and his wife Zawedde Lukwago were handed two-party cards, party constitution and policy agenda amidst cheers.  

This comes at the time when several FDC senior members have also crossed to the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), a new party which was formed by FDC's former party chief, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu following a disagreeing with the party leadership on the defiance campaign.

Lukwago stressed he did not have a home to rest like his colleagues. "Today I am happy I have a home where I can go and rest".

The party president, Patrick Amuriat said the party is still undergoing the processes of getting a presidential flag bearer.

"I want to assure you that as FDC we are going to have flag bearer in the forthcoming election. We cannot rule out the possibility that Dr. Besigye, Omuloodi Lukwago, Mafabi, Wasswa Birigwa (national party chairman), Joyce Sebugwawo (party vice president) and I would be our flag bearer," he said.

On possible alliance and coalitions, Amuriat said FDC is taking cautious steps to avoid making mistakes.

"To those who want a coalition we have three questions. What interest do the potential people have?, What do they bring on the table? and how do we know they not working with our opponent? We have already seen some people at FDC leave before the party takes action," he added.

Col Dr. Kizza Besigye said he doesn't need to be in office for him to fight for equality for all Ugandans.

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