The politics of individualism and selfishness seems to be in its evening as we approach 2021. Kampala district members of Parliament Muhammad Nsereko and Kato Lubwama are clear examples of a shifting landscape in the political arena.
Both MPs are beneficiaries of indignation to party and group structures. They rose out of popularity gained from resisting their former blocks to set themselves up as lone wolves who could take on the pack single-handedly. And that narrowly worked in the last general elections.
As we go into the 2021 elections however, Kato and Nsereko are beginning to learn the bitter way that political association is now vital to win any base. They are faced with a dilemma where they are at loggerheads with the base to which their former supporters and allies now subscribe.
Both MPs excitedly showed their association with the People Power Movement and Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu at the onset of the revolution. However, having been lone wolves and rebels in their political lives, it did not take them long to find their natural landing. They quickly found conflict within People People and as always found themselves on the borderline again. This time around, however, they left behind their political base.
This week, the pressure group Solida and its leadership structure in Lubaga gathered and declared the official banishment of Hon. Kato Lubwama from the group. They also officially declared their alignment to the red beret People Power movement and quickly announced a candidate who would run against Kato Lubwama in the next election.
Kato could easily brush off this development as mere comedy, as he has done several times to the numerous candidates who have expressed interest in his MP docket come 2021. However, behind closed doors, the populist Lubwama must be realizing the truth of his circumstances. The wave of populism that he rode on in the last election seems to have cooled down and now he has before him a fair and squared playing field on which he must compete. Sadly, it would require him to eat humble pie by going back to plead for the endorsement of the People Power movement.
And that is the plight of Hon. Nsereko too. If he indeed would like to retain his Kampala Central MP position, he has to reconcile himself with People Power which now commands the following in Kampala.