Sacked for warming up to a proposal that he becomes acting Kampala lord mayor, Sulaiman Kidandala has warned his embattled boss, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, that his hurried actions could have dire consequences.
Kidandala told us at the weekend he had no interest in taking the lord mayor’s job. He said he was only trying to “re-activate” his job as deputy lord mayor, to which he was appointed by Lukwago in October 2011. Lukwago announced Kidandala’s sacking last week, after learning that KCCA councillors, at last week’s retreat in Entebbe, planned to make Kidandala acting mayor. However, Kidandala says it is not easy to fire him.
“Though I will explain to my brother and boss Lukwago, I caution him against hurriedly taking decisions because according to section 12 of the KCCA Act, sacking me is not as simple as President Museveni sacking [now ex-Prime Minister Amama] Mbabazi. He has to withdraw [my name] before the authority meeting, bring out my crime and seek the support of [the] councillors,” Kidandala said.
He admitted that over the last two years, many councillors had requested him to take up Lukwago’s job.
“I had initially refused, preferring to fight for my boss first, but after wide consultations with various stakeholders, we agreed that opposing everything, including the positive things, is dangerous for our political careers,” said Kidandala, the councillor for Kawempe North.
Our sources revealed that Kidandala consulted with Muslim leaders such as Prince Nakibinge Kakungulu, Nuhu Muzaata and Tabliq Amir Sulaiman Kakeeto, senior DP officials, and Christian leaders. Most of the leaders reportedly gave him the go-ahead, although he himself would not say who he met.
“It is bad manners for a leader to mention identities of his close confidants,” he said.
Lukwago had earlier said he did not rush in sacking Kidandala. He said he took his time after learning that Kidandala had tried to organise a political coup against him when he quietly met police chief Kale Kayihura in Masindi.
“Much as the media received a small dossier of what transpired between Kayihura, his aide Ssebina Ssekitoleko and Kidandala, I am in possession of a one-hour tape detailing their damaging discussion this world is not easy,” a teary Lukwago said.
Kidandala said although Lukwago boasted of having the tape, it reveals little of what they discussed. He said that although he regretted the Masindi meeting, he went there purposely to find a quick fix to Kampala’s problems.
“I request the lord mayor to stop commenting on those tapes because he may claim to have a one-hour tape but I can also claim to have a two-hour tape and untaped information. If he continues pushing me on the wall about them, he may force me to reveal damaging information which is dangerous to some opposition figures, him inclusive,” Kidandala warned.
At the two-day retreat in Entebbe, Kidandala said, one member tried to table the issue of activating his deputy mayor-ship. He said he declined because it was not the right forum.
“Informally, the councillors blessed me to carry on as deputy mayor and I have been executing some duties. What is only remaining is to bridge the gap of the lord mayor not signing the minutes. This is to be done by our legal team… ,” Kidandala said.
Although most DP officials led by the party leader Norbert Mao and Secretary General Mathias Nsubuga approve of Kidandala’s move, former DP President Ssebaana Kizito and the party legal Aisor Mukasa Mbidde are opposed to it. They prefer to wait for the court process.
“Whoever makes a comment about Kidandala’s issues makes them as an individual like I’m doing because the party has not taken a decision. Although Lukwago is not my friend, the councillors’ move to support Kidandala at this time is a ploy to finish Lukwago off,” Mbidde said.
Source : The Observer