Dr Sam Kazibwe says Lukwago, despite winning comfortably in the just concluded election, he ran the toughest campaign against NUP candidate Nabilah Naggayi which is an indicator that he is headed for tough times with party members in Council.
Political analysts are predicting a tough five-year term for Lord
Mayor Erias Lukwago. They anticipate conflict between his party the Forum for
Democratic Change-FDC and the National Unity Platform- NUP party which shall
dominate the council at City Hall.
Of the 44 elected councillors at Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA, 41 are from NUP and three from the FDC.
Dr Sam Kazibwe says Lukwago, despite winning comfortably in the just concluded
election, he ran the toughest campaign against NUP candidate Nabilah Naggayi
which is an indicator that he is headed for tough times with party members in
"From the very beginning you can see that the biggest
conflict in the next five years is likely to be between the FDC and NUP within the
Council”, says Dr Kazibwe.
Dr Kazibwe says the conflict will also manifest in appointments of
Deputy Lord Mayor and members of the executive committee.
According to the KCCA Amendment Act 2020, the Lord Mayor is
mandated to appoint a deputy Lord Mayor and three members of the executive
committee that he heads. The committee has five members including the Lord Mayor
and the deputy Lord Mayor.
Dr Kazibwe says there are already NUP members demanding that
Lukwago appoints them on the executive committee.
In his 2016, Lukwago met a similar challenge with a majority FDC
council, Lukwago, then-Democratic Party-DP leaning independent declined the
call to appoint his deputy from the FDC and instead appointed Sarah Kanyike from
But Dr Kazibwe says Lukwago needs to incorporate NUP Members in
his cabinet to create a smooth working relationship because they are the
majority in the council.
Although the Lord Mayor no longer chairs the house, his committee
receives reports from the technical wing and reports to the Council. This means
that final decisions are made in the council.
Lukwago's committee cannot influence outcomes but only make suggestions
Dr Sabiiti Makara, a lecturer of Political Science at Makerere
University says Lukwago has no option other than forming a coalition between
him, members of his party and NUP.
"I think Lukwago needs to incorporate a good number of NUP
people into his cabinet. For example, the deputy Lord Mayor has to come from
NUP and also key positions like Infrastructure like Finance are also given to
NUP. He doesn't have any option apart from to make a coalition government"
says Prof. Makara.
The NUP spokesperson Joel Sennyonyi says they haven't engaged
Lukwago on the composition of his executive committee but will leave him to exercise
Lukwago says he will work with NUP members because they have the
same aspirations which are serving the people of Kampala. He, however, says
KCCA has different entities and some laws guide how results are achieved and
that should be respected.
He says the talk about majority and minority shouldn't happen but
rather all parties should seek to achieve the goal of KCCA.
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Currently, the Deputy Lord Mayor and two members of the executive
committee Olive Namazzi are FDC while Moses Kataabu at the time of his appointment
was DP but later joined NUP last year and was re-elected as councillor Kampala Central
1 on the NUP ticket.