Kampala Central Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Nsereko, says Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi, will pay heavily for frustrating Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.
A week back, Ruhindi tabled before parliament the Kampala Capital City Authority [KCCA] Act 2010 amendment bill.
According to the bill, the mayor and his deputy were to be elected by city councillors under the supervision of the Electoral Commission.
The bill sought to alienate Lukwago and kick him out of the mayoral race.
The electoral commission then suspended mayoral nomination resulting into the arrest and detention of Lukwago while travelling to EC offices along Jinja road.
The incident sparked outcry among political circles forcing government to withdraw the bill.
EC chairman, Badru Kiggundu, later said he had held a consultative meeting with the Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze, saying government had resolved to hold the nominations.
Ruhindi to pay
According to MP Nsereko, Ruhindi will pay heavily in Nakawa elections for having frustrated Lukwago.
“My friend MP Ruhindi will pay a price in Nakawa come election day,” he said while appearing on NBS TV morning breeze on Tuesday.
Nsereko said Ruhindi never consulted with fellow Kampala leaders and will answer for that.
Ruhindi is the elected Member of Parliament representing Nakawa Division in Kampala District.
Reports had even circulated that Lukwago would run against Ruhindi in Nakawa polls which the lord mayor refuted as untrue.
Nsereko says the way FDC strong man Kizza Besigye, Lukwago and himself have been treated in would make one think they are not citizens at all.
“Lukwago is not speaking for himself, he is speaking for the 5million people in Kampala and the 1 million registered voters.”
Nsereko says politics is an issue of numbers and Lukwago seems to have the numbers saying it is the reason why the government is finding it hard to break through his support in the city.
“The people of Kampala want their elected leader to stand by the epitomes of democracy.”
Nsereko, the infamous NRM rebel MP says government is abusing democracy indirectly since Lukwago’s interests are not for himself but for all the people of Kampala.
“The role of the propaganda machinery is the brand some politicians as a threat to the public.”
“For as long as we shall rise up to claim our right, the government can never raise their might against us.”
Nsereko emphasised that the issue of Kampala will see the light of day only if they elect wisely.
“The people of Kampala have remained on course in what they demand from government.”
He wondered what message the government was sending out by telling one million people that they can’t elect their mayor.
“Rights unclaimed are rights surrendered. Proposed KCCA Act amendments are a threat to all Ugandans and their rights.”
Lukwago a threat
Perception, Nsereko mused, is either right or wrong.
“Anyone can be a threat. Lukwago is a threat because he threatens government arrogance.”
Nsereko insists politics is a game of numbers and since Lukwago has the numbers, that “rattles the government”.
“The epitome of this state’s arrogance was when we were branded ‘rebel MPs’.”
Speaking on Lukwago’s Monday arrest, Nsereko said it was “simply wrong”.
“Madness. Jealousy. What was wrong with Lukwago moving?” he wondered.
He suggested that government could have spent about Shs 200m to arrest Lukwago, calling the move a scheme to swindle state resources.