Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, was Thursday duly nominated by the Electoral Commission as a candidate for the mayoral election in 2016.
Lukwago this afternoon led a procession to Ntinda Minister’s village where he signed and returned nomination papers.
His nomination saw Lukwago’s supporters clash with police that tried to break their procession to EC offices.
The supporters overpowered police and pushed their way inside, safely delivering their candidate to the EC returning officer.
Lukwago was escorted by his wife, daughter and opposition leaders.
After being nominated, Lukwago told press he will continue fighting for accountability and rule of law.
He also pledged to end impunity exercised by the ruling government in Kampala.
After the Ntinda nomination, Lukwago travelled to Katwe where he held a rally.
Present at his rally was Kampala Central MP, Meddie Nsereko, who expressed his support.
Lukwago will be taking on NRM’s Dan Kazibwe aka Ragga Dee, Democratic Party’s Issa Kikungwe and FDC’s Miles Rwamiti.
FDC abandons Rwamiti
Meanwhile, FDC has abandoned its own candidate, Miles Rwamiti, pledging support for Lukwago.
Rwamiti who hosts a show dubbed “Koona ne NTV” won the FDC primaries and was announced party flag bearer for 2016.
Rwamiti is expected to be nominated tomorrow, Friday.
Uganda Radio Network quotes Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the FDC party spokesperson, saying although they have thrown their weight behind Lukwago, they can’t stop Rwamiti’s nomination since he was elected in the party primaries.
“If we stop him, he could take us to court because we have no legal mandate and so we shall leave him to stand only that we will back and campaign for Lukwago,” said Nganda.
Harold Kaija, the deputy FDC party secretary general, said that the party would back Lukwago because “Lukwago is one of us”.
“I know Rwamiti wants to contest and he can go ahead but for me I will nominate Lukwago,” said Kaija.