Lukwago nomination puts Ntinda on edge


Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, Thursday went to Ntinda for nomination so he can take part in the 2016 general elections.

Lukwago’s procession to Minister’s village Ntinda where the nominations are taking place brought business to a standstill.

Police which had deployed heavily tried to bar Lukwago’s supporters from following him to the nomination venue.

The supporters however overpowered police and pushed their way through.

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This comes after the rescheduling of the nominations which had earlier been suspended by electoral commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu.

In a statement, Kiggundu reset the dates from November 18 to 20 at the Office of the returning officer in Ntinda, Kampala from 9 am to 5 pm.

Today is the second day of the nominations.

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Lukwago was arrested on Monday while trying to go to EC offices along Jinja road for nomination.

He was detained at Naggalama police station alongside councillor, Allan Ssewanyana, and later charged with inciting violence.

Police was following EC directives which had halted nominations pending the discussion of the Kampala Capital City Authority Act 2010 Amendment Bill which had been tabled by Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi.

The amendments included changing the election of the Kampala Lord Mayor from adult suffrage to the council.

The mayor and his deputy were to be elected by city councillors under the supervision of the Electoral Commission.

Kiggundu, however, held a consultative meeting with the Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze, saying government had resolved to hold the nominations.

Government, plainly stating, had bowed to pressure from the electorate and withdrawn the bill that aimed at alienating and pushing Lukwago out of the mayoral race.

Lukwago who was escorted by wife and daughter finally signed the nomination forms today, officially entering the 2016 race.

He will be battling FDC’s Miles Rwamiti and NRM’s Ragga Dee, among others.

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