The opposition Democratic Party (DP) presidential candidate Norbert Mao will today Thursday January 7, meet with the Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro (Prime Minister) Charles Peter Mayiga at the Kingdom headquarters in Bulange Mengo, Kampala to present his manifesto.
DP presidential press secretary Fred Mwesigwa confirmed the news to ChimpReports on Thursday morning.
“We are going to present our manifesto to the Katikkiro (Prime Minister),” he said.
Asked whether the party’s visit to Bulange is to seek endorsement from Buganda Kingdom ahead of the January 14th polls, Mwesigwa insisted that their going to Mengo is to present their manifesto.
“We are going there to present our manifesto. You cannot say that we are going for endorsement. We are only going to present our manifesto to Buganda Kingdom officially,” he reiterated.
It should be noted that various political parties, including the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and National Unity Platform (NUP) have all in the recent past met with Katikkiro Mayiga.
This move got many speculating that the parties were seeking endorsement from Buganda Kingdom.
A section of Ugandans also thought that the Kingdom would endorse NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine on grounds that he is a Muganda by tribe and has a good relationship with Buganda Kingdom.
Bobi Wine recently decried “the failure by his tribesmen (Baganda)” to back him.
The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Judith Nabakooba would later caution him, saying that he was being tribalistic.
On the contrary, Katikkiro Mayiga openly said that Buganda Kingdom would not endorse any presidential candidate against others.
He, however, advised voters to elect candidates who will positively address the “Buganda question” and stand for and defend Buganda’s five aspiration objectives.
“Every aspiring candidate ought to tell voters how he intends to go about the Buganda question,” Mayiga was quoted as saying.
Buganda Kingdom has for a very long time called for a Federal System of Government. The Kingdom also puts the issue of the returned land and its management among its priorities.