Lukwago Launches Presidential Bid

A section of DP faction members opposed to Mao’s leadership have launched a pressure group; ‘Truth and justice platform’ code named T.J Platform which they say will help them capture state power.

The members called upon all those who believe in Benedicto Kiwanuka's vision for DP to join the Forum

The new pressure group is to work under theme “Paving the way to state power” under the leadership of Lukwago as the team leader deputized by Samuel Walter Lubega.

At the launch of the pressure group at Bativa Hotel, Kampala on Wednesday, the embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, emphasized that the group is not a political party.

“We are not breaking away from Democratic Party (DP). In fact, some of us are life members. But this new platform will help us capture state power. This is like other chapters that have been in DP like UYD, SUUBI among others,” he said.

“We request all those who feel that Benedicto Kiwanuka’s vision is sleeping, let them join T.J forum. There is no way we can pay him rather than uniting a party he left behind.” Sebuliba Mutumba said.

Some of the DP members who were present at the event include, the Kawempe Division- South MP Richard Sebuliba Mutumba, Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante, DP’s national organizing Secretary Charles Musoke Sserunjogi, Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebagala among others.

The group has also launched a fundraising campaign to raise resources that will facilitate all the group activities and campaigns. A total of Shs1,963,000 has been collected.

The members have resolved to join The Democratic Alliance (TDA) but also expressed readiness to move on without the alliance in case they are barred from joining. They also invited Mao to join them.

They have also agreed to only engage in reconciliation talks with Mao group only after the 2016 general elections.

They agreed to front various members in different positions in order to capture most of the leadership seats come 2016 elections.

The launch comes just days after Norbert Mao was declared DP president after he overwhelmingly beat his only challenger, in the race, Buikwe South MP Dr Lulume Bayiga to retain the seat.

The July 26 elections saw Mao gunner 898 votes (71.2 per cent) while Dr Lulume got only 360 votes in a delegates’ conference shunned by a faction in DP led by Lukwago.

Lukwago’s camp wanted the delegates meet to be postponed to pave way for major reforms and reconciliation in the party which the Mao-led faction objected to.

A day after his election, Mao said he intends to create a directorate of leadership detailing “who reports where” as one of his priorities.

However, the Lukwago led faction accused Mao of failing to respect dissenting views and whoever opposes him is regarded as tribalistic.

Subsequently, Lukwago announced that his group would not fight Mao’s leadership or jostle for party leadership positions but their concerns are to maintain core values of DP and capture national leadership.

He announced that the group would roll out a programme to forge a way forward.