Kampala. Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and his splinter group, Truth and Justice Platform, cannot join The Democratic Alliance (TDA) because the Democratic Party, to which he belongs, is already represented.
While addressing journalists at the party headquarters yesterday, DP president Norbert Mao said Mr Lukwago’s pressure group was not allowed to present a candidate for elections because the alliance takes only one representative per party.
“Whoever is having a pressure group should first know the rules of the alliance before presenting their candidate,” Mr Mao, a key TDA member, said, adding that the alliance has core members from major political parties, recognised pressure groups and eminent citizens who registered formally.
He added that Lukwago and his group should join the mainstream DP, otherwise they might be stranded politically.
In June, Opposition political parties and other activists formed a grand coalition, The Democratic Alliance, to challenge President Museveni and the ruling NRM in the forthcoming 2016 general elections and all other polls.
“We expect Mr Lukwago back home because he is prominent party member. We can also escort Mr Lukwago back to KCCA as the elected Lord Mayor if he comes back to DP because we have a strong political alliance,” Mr Mao added.
However, Mr Lukwago said it is only the TDA leadership authorised to announce that he was blocked from joining the alliance, not Mr Mao.
“I will only respond to a statement from the TDA officials, not rumours which are circulating without evidence,” Mr Lukwago said.
On Monday, Mr Lukwago and his group sought to pick application forms to formally join the alliance, but they claimed the chairman of TDA, Prof Fredrick Sempebwa, was out of the country.
Mediation talks for UPC
At yesterday’s press conference, Mr Mao also announced that the alliance has named former Katikkiro Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere to try and bring the Uganda Peoples Congress warring factions of Lira Municipality MP Jimmy Akena and outgoing party president Olara Otunnu to order.
Efforts to reach Mr Akena were futile by press time. However, Mr Joseph Bossa, who spoke on behalf of Mr Otunnu’s group, said although they have not yet received the invitation, they are ready for mediation.
“We are open and ready to appear before Mr Ssemwogerere because we want to move our party forward without divisions,” Mr Bossa said.