The incumbent city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has silenced political analysts who think that he has to cling to the new wave of the National Unity Platform party to secure his third term.
Lukwago says that of all the time he has been in active politics, he has established himself as a brand. “I am a self made politician who is brand,” says the 50 year old lawyer. “I have been in politics for over 20 years. I know what it takes to win Kampala,” he brags.
Lukwago further reveals that he is not feeling any pressure from the NUP party which just swept all legislative seats in the capital, Kampala. NUP which has just won all division seats in Kampala is considered to be the new political front that has the great will of the masses. Lukwago says all this has no lessons to impart to him as he remains hinged on his past glory to determine his destiny.
It should be noted that Lukwago is one of the firebrand politicians that have been campaigning for Dr. Stella Nyanzi on the woman MP seat. Lukwago had been misled by his past political might that made him think he was still a key playmaker in the politics of Kampala. This however proved otherwise when all his preferred FDC candidates were massively rejected by the voters who favoured the umbrella symbol.
With less than 24 hours to the Local council polls, odds are high that NUP’s Nabillah Naggayi Ssempala is likely to be considered on grounds of the umbrella symbol which is the most preferred to the Kampala electorate. This explains why Lukwago and his campaign strategists are replicating past photos of Nabillah relating with some officials in the NRM. This however has instead triggered anger among the NUP supporters who have vowed to follow Nabillah all the way to the ballot paper.