Lukwago, who is seeking a third term, says he will not stop demanding for rule of law and accountability. He vowed to continue fighting for the rights of the urban poor and castigated government for trying to chase low-income earners like hawkers, street vendors and Boda boda riders from the city among others.
The Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA Lord Mayor Erias
Lukwago has told supporters in Katwe in Makindye Division that Uganda is in a situation
of war not an election.
He referred to actions of government like the killings that happened during
protests that followed the arrest of the National Unity Platform-NUP
presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi last month.
He also cited the warning by the United Nation to their
staff to stay away from Uganda because of the fragile situation in the country.
Lukwago says it is now time for all change loving Ugandans to raise and cast
their ballot such that they can get rid of a dictatorship.
He, however, said this is not a fight between political
parties but against oppression, persecution and injustice among other vices
that have ravaged the country.
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Lukwago, who is seeking a third term, says he will not stop demanding for rule
of law and accountability. He vowed to continue fighting for the rights of the urban poor and
castigated government for trying to chase low-income earners like hawkers,
street vendors and Boda boda riders from the city among others.
Lukwago has always argued that if vendors are to be taken off the streets, the government
should have a clear plan of where to resettle them. He has also opposed attempts
by government to introduce a Boda boda free zone that would bar Boda Bodas from
accessing the Central Business District.
He insists that stakeholders in the city should be sufficiently consulted on
matters that affect them and that policies and programs be adopted to help the
urban poor rather than eliminate them. Lukwago further said that he would continue fighting for people in markets. In September, President, Yoweri Museveni asked KCC to repossess all city government markets
and conduct fresh elections there.
Lukwago has often called for elections and when he still chaired council
meetings passed the KCCA Market Ordinance which sought to streamline
activities in markets in Kampala.
He says markets are a nursery bed for
businesses and a source of income for many people and hence should be
Lukwago says no matter the humiliations he goes through and the labeling that
he is anti-development, he will continue fighting for the welfare of the people
of Kampala such that development is inclusive.
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Jamidah Nabisere, a resident of Kevin Two Parish says the biggest challenge
they face is garbage. She says they are required to pay Shillings 2000 for a
buggy bag of 50kg, an amount that many do not pay.
She says residents end up dumping garbage in drains, which clogs them making
the area prone to floods during rains. Nabisere says they need their leaders to
promote better sanitation in the area by providing more garbage trucks and
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Lukwago was escorted by other candidates like Makindye West Member of Parliament
Allan Sewanyana, Dr. Stella Nyanzi who is contesting for election as Kampala
Woman Member of Parliament, Allan Atuhairwe, who is standing for Lord Councilor
Makindye 4 and Doreen Sabuka for Woman Councilor Makindye among others.