Political Great Trek: Erias Lukwago, Ssewanyana And Kasibante to Join FDC

  • by Rodney Mponye
  • July 28, 2020

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and lawmakers Moses Kasibante and Ssewanyana are set to join Uganda’s largest opposition party in Uganda, FDC.

The party is expected to make an official announcement on Today at its headquarters in Najjanankumbi off Entebbe Road.

Ssewanyana represents Makindye Division West while Kasibante is the MP Rubaga Division North.

Reports that the trio will today appear at the party’s head offices have sparked speculation that Lukwago will carry the FDC flag in the 2021 presidential elections.

Dr Kizza Besigye, who has since 2001 represented FDC in various presidential polls, remains evasive on whether he will take on President Museveni in the forthcoming elections.

Besigye, according to insiders, wants to throw his weight behind a candidate elected by the party.

But some top FDC shots want Besigye to try again.

FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda dismissed reports of Lukwago leading the party in the 2021 presidential race.

Nevertheless, the decision of the three MPs to join FDC will reenergize its base after losing several top shots to NRM and Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).

Some of the senior members who have left FDC in the last few years include Mugisha Muntu, Alice Alaso, Paul Mwiru and Beatrice Anywar among others.

While the desertions have painted a picture of crumbling party, FDC remains hugely popular in Buganda region and other parts of the country.

Speaking on NBS TV, Besigye said the party is not about to end because it still has a big fan base on which to build leaders.

Asked whether he would contest for President in 2021, Besigye observed: “I am fighting this mindset of people thinking the issue right now is me standing for office. The issue is how we get out of captivity and not focus on whether I will stand for office.”