Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has officially joined the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
The mayor, accompanied by his wife, were welcomed by the FDC Party president Patrick Oboi Amuriat at the party’s headquarters in Najjanakumbi.
Lukwago has been tipped to contest as the FDC Presidential flag-bearer for 2021 general elections.
Lukwago has closely been working with the FDC since the 2010 general elections. He was appointed the deputy president of the controversial people’s government headed by Rtd Col Kizza Besigye. Besigye’s government was formed three years after the FDC Party had lost to the incumbent president Museveni.
Speaking at Party headquarters, Lukwago said the decision to join FDC peddled at cementing his bond with charismatic and influential leaders to build the force and prosperous society.
“We have been members of the same family but with different colors. I applaud Democratic Party (DP) for their contribution to the growth of my career right from Uganda young democrats (UYD) at Makerere University in 1990,” he said
“I am at peace with my conscience, my heart and my soul. In good and bad times, sickness and health, swallowing teargas and watermelon, we shall always be together.” He said
He expressed his dismay over some charlatans that are ill bent on maligning him. “I am a seasoned politician but not a seasonal one. I have taken this decision to join FDC as a seasoned politician but not a seasonal one.”
Lukwago said the gun is responsible for the crisis that the country is facing today and this was described by Dr. Byesige in his book as the unfinished business and it is our responsibility to finish that business.
“I am convinced beyond all sheds of doubt that now is the time for me to move on and open a new chapter in my political career. I am not here because I have come to scheme anything. I have not come to FDC as a fortune hunter. I have not come here for a meal card.”
Lukwago displayed to the crowd a DP life membership card which he said was given to him by former party president Paul Kawanga Semwogerere in 2004.
Lukwago said he’s decided to keep the life membership card in his archives as a memoir.
Speaking at the event, former party president Kiiza Besigye reiterated his desire to continue his political fight.
“Some people relate me to President Museveni, but I will fight until the job is done. Fighting doesn’t mean occupying an office but my eyes are focused on freedom, equality that we can share the wealth of Uganda equally,” Besigye said.
Party members gathered for the unveiling of FDC’s electoral platform for the 2021 general elections chaired Besigye.
The Police deployed heavily at the venue and clashed with FDC supporters, firing teargas to disperse some of them.