Lukwago won’t see the gates of TDA, says Mao


L-R (front row): DP members Henry Ssewanyana, Zachary Olum, Erias Lukwago and Richard Sebuliba Mutumba leave Pope Paul Memorial Centre in Kampala

Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao, has warned his colleague and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, to return to the main party or get stranded politically.

At the start of the week, Lukwago and his faction, Truth and Justice Platform, officially handed over their application to join the Democratic Alliance (TDA).

Their application was received by Bishop Zack Ngiriniye, the coordinator of The Democratic Alliance, at its headquarters in Kampala.

Lukwago says they are in the struggle to liberate the country not to tussle for party positions, the reason why his faction decided to seek membership of Democratic Alliance.

Opposition political parties resolved to form an alliance in June 2015, so as to get a firmer base to challenge President Museveni and the ruling NRM in in 2016 general elections.

The alliance would include core members from major political parties, recognised pressure groups and eminent citizens who registered formally.

In Lukwago’s case, joining TDA will be difficult because he already belongs to Democratic Party which is already represented.

Mao told press in Kampala on Tuesday that Lukwago’s pressure group was not allowed to present a candidate for elections because the alliance takes only one representative per party.

He advised Lukwago, prominent party member, to join the main party or get stranded “politically”.

“We can also escort Lukwago back to KCCA as the elected Lord Mayor if he comes back to DP because we have a strong political alliance,” Mao is quoted promising.

Mao said he was waiting for a statement from TDA officials to that effect so it doesn’t look like he is the one blocking Lukwago.

The two have not been on good terms recently.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party announced an increase in application fees to be paid by those applying for nomination into elective positions within the party by 50 for key positions and 10 for other positions.

Party members who are interested in parliamentary, city mayor and district mayor seats on the DP ticket will be required to part with Shs 300,000 up from the Shs 200,000 they paid in 2010.

The decision to increase the nomination fees was reached at by consensus late last month by the party’s National Executive Committee – NEC led by the party president Norbert Mao at their meeting at J & M Hotel Bwebajja – Wakiso district.

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