The Democratic Alliance (TDA) has blocked the embattled City Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, from joining the summit being currently ongoing in Bugolobi in the outskirts of Kampala.
The Democratic Alliance-TDA summit is convened in a three day retreat at Royal Suites Hotel to select the joint opposition candidate.
Four candidates; Amama Mbabazi, Norbert Mao, Gilbert Bukenya and Kizza Besigye, are contesting for election as the joint opposition candidate.
The candidates have been given 20 minutes each to convince TDA officials as to why they should be chosen for joint candidate ahead of 2016 elections.
Meanwhile, Lukwago was earlier set to join the Alliance as an eminent person, according to Uganda Radio Network.
The decision was reportedly reached in the Adhoc Committee meeting chaired by Wasswa Biriggwa, the National Chairperson of the Forum for Democratic Change and his co-chair Conservative Party’s John Ken Lukyamuzi with some of the members of Platform for Truth and Justice on Tuesday evening at the TDA offices in Naguru.
The committee has also reportedly recommended that former presidential candidate Samuel Walter Lubega be admitted into the Alliance as an eminent person.
URN further reports that Lukwago’s Platform for Truth and Justice couldn’t be admitted as a pressure group since the Lord Mayor refused to stop using the Democratic Party colors and slogans.
However, his group was blocked today, Thursday from entering the conference hall and thrown out.
TDA refused to acknowledge the group although it had promised to resolve Lukwago’s issues this week in the same summit.
Lukwago last week stormed TDA offices in Naguru demanding to know why the alliance was delaying accepting him into the coalition.
He accused the coalition of favouring former NRM Secretary General, Mbabazi over prominent opposition figures.