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Exclusive: Erias Lukwago, Kasibante, Ssewanyana Expected to Join FDC

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and lawmakers Moses Kasibante and Ssewanyana are set to join Uganda’s largest opposition party, FDC.

The party is expected to make an official announcement on Tuesday at its headquarters in Najjanankumbi off Entebbe Road.

These politicians remain tight-lipped on the matter.

Ssewanyana represents Makindye Division West while Kasibante is the MP Rubaga Division North.

Reports that the trio will tomorrow appear at the party’s head offices have sparked speculation that Lukwago will carry the FDC flag in the 2021 presidential elections.

Dr Kizza Besigye, who has since 2001 represented FDC in various presidential polls, remains evasive on whether he will take on President Museveni in the forthcoming elections.

Besigye, according to insiders, wants to throw his weight behind a candidate elected by the party.

But some top FDC shots want Besigye to try again. 

FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda dismissed reports of Lukwago leading the party in the 2021 presidential race.

“The nominations will take place on August 3rd and 4th and it’s the National delegates Conference to decide (on presidential flag-bearer),” Ssemujju told ChimpReports on Monday evening.

Nevertheless, the decision of the three MPs to join FDC will reenergize its base after losing several top shots to NRM and Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).

Some of the senior members who have left FDC in the last few years include Mugisha Muntu, Alice Alaso, Paul Mwiru and Beatrice Anywar among others.

While the desertions have painted a picture of crumbling party, FDC remains hugely popular in Buganda region and other parts of the country. 

Officials in FDC tell ChimpReports that Besigye believes Museveni can only be removed in a revolution which can possibly take place in Kampala where poverty levels, youth unemployment and economic uncertainty has increased in the last few years.

Besigye has previously led demonstrations in Kampala to rally the people to unseat Museveni only for his plans to be nipped in the bud by security forces.

“We are refocusing the frontline,” said a senior FDC official who preferred anonymity to speak freely.

FDC will have a candidate, who I don’t know yet, but it will not be Besigye,” he added.

By strengthening his Kampala base with a powerful Mayor and more vibrant MPs who have previously confronted security forces in street battles, Besigye could be focusing on cultivating a ground for a revolution against Museveni.

“It doesn’t make sense to accompany Museveni in another sham election. Besigye has been using elections to mobilize and sensitise masses on the need to remove Museveni from power. We all know you can’t get Museveni out of State House by ballot,” said a source.

Speaking today on NBS TV, Besigye said the party is not about to end because it still has a big fan base on which to build leaders.

Asked whether he would contest for President in 2021, Besigye observed: “I am fighting this mindset of people thinking the issue right now is me standing for office. The issue is how we get out of captivity and not focus on whether I will stand for office.”

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