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I Have no Problem with DP as an Institution – Lukwago



The departure of Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago from Uganda’s oldest political party, the Democratic Party (DP) to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) could be hinged on the disagreements between him and some DP top shots specifically party President Nobert Mao.

Lukwago, while appearing on NTV on Thursday night, said he has no problem with DP as an institution.

“I have no problem with DP as an institution. DP has nurtured me, DP has groomed me. DP has offered me a platform to showcase and exploit my potential. I am so appreciative of what DP has made me,” he said.

Lukwago, who has a bitter relationship with Nobert Mao, admitted that the institution is bigger than individuals but added that he had no room within DP to address internal bickering.

“If you have no room of addressing challenges internally, what do you do? If you have no space, what do you do?” For the last decade, I have been at the forefront of struggling for reforms within DP. So, there comes a time when someone says enough is enough. So, I am not ready to continue with the fight for reforms in DP,” he said.

Asked whether he has any issues with Mao, Lukwago said, “he (Mao) has issues with me. He has called me all sorts of names. He has castigated me. He has called me Satan, he has called me a wild cat. He has called me all of the names which are derogatory.”

Lukwago, 50 years of age, said there are things and decisions that must be made as someone reaches a certain age.

“There is a chapter I have to close. I have pushed for reforms, I have made my contribution to the progress and development of DP.”

Asked whether he can be able to return to DP if the reforms he has been fighting for are put in place, the Lord Mayor said he has made a judgment which is irredeemable adding that it is beyond his capacity to return to Uganda’s oldest political party.

Presidential ambitions

When news began to spread that Lukwago would join FDC, many speculated that he would hold the FDC flag in the 2021 presidential election.

Lukwago’s expected bid for the 2021 presidential interest further made many speculate when the FDC announced that Kizza Besigye, the FDC’s all-time presidential flag bearer would not stand for the presidency in the coming election.

Asked whether he has any ambitions to lead Uganda as President, Lukwago was unclear on the subject.

“I thought you also hold the same ambitions just like any other Ugandan. You can have wild dreams in this country. You can have all those ideas and ambitions but the question you have to ask yourself is, what are the challenges you are encountering right now? And I would rather focus on those challenges than pursuing those ambitions you are talking about,” he said.

He added, “any reasonable person would have ambitions which may be valid in nature.”

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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