Early in the week, Erias Lukwago, announced that he was standing again for the Kampala Mayoral seat.
“I am NOT going for DP primaries,” Lukwago announced while appearing on NBS TV Morning breeze, where he confirmed his mayoral bid.
“I am going to unveil my campaign strategy soon,” the lord mayor promised.
Lukwago, a critic of President Yoweri Museveni said the will of the people is now supreme.
“…and we are going to get Museveni out of state house.”
He claimed that Museveni has now lost control citing the NRM headquarters which he said was on fire.
“He [Museveni] is in a panic mode,” Lukwago noted.
It should be remembered that in January 2011, Lukwago beat President Museveni’s choice, Peter Sematimba, to be elected Kampala mayor.
He boasted of how he had defeated the president and not Sematimba in the election.
On Tuesday, while attending prayers at St Matia Mulumba Parish Church Hall and escorted by members of his pressure group, the Truth and Justice Platform, Lukwago announced he would retain his seat.
“I made my decision after consultations with different stakeholders,” he said promising to return power to the people.
On The Democratic Alliance, Lukwago said FDC’s Kizza Besigye had wanted his pressure group included in the alliance but other people opposed it.
“TDA was let down by individuals, whose names I am not comfortable mentioning on air.”
He continued: “I kept my fingers crossed and hoped that our Kenyan friends would help unite the TDA”.
Unfortunately, the alliance’s visit to Kenya never turned out as expected.
Lukwago will now face singer Daniel Kazibwe, aka Ragga Dee and Capt Francis Babu, who are chasing the same seat.
He was voted out of office on 25 November 2013 by Councillors after a tribunal found him guilty of incompetence and abuse of office.
The Kampala Capital City Authority councillors voted 29 to 3 to impeach him.
He was re-instated on 28 November 2013 after the High Court Judge Yasin Nyanzi ordered Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze to stop the implementation of the tribunal report that paved way for his censure.