Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was on Tuesday officially welcomed into the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
Lukwago, a carrier of a lifelong card for the Democratic Party (DP) had for years worked closely with the FDC, particularly with former party president Col Dr Kizza Besigye.
He currently deputizes Besigye, the self-professed president of the “People’s Government.”
“I have been here at Najjanankumbi on many occasions, I have flashed the V sign and shouted the FDC slogans in the capacity of visitor and comrade in struggle; but today I feel elated and exited to do so in the capacity of a fully-fledged member of the mighty FDC,” he said.
“I want to reiterate that Najjanankumbi is my home; I am at peace with my conscious, my heart and my soul.”
The Lord Mayor Lukwago and his wife Zawedde Lubwama were initiated into the FDC by the party President Patrick Amuriat Oboi.
In his maiden speech, Lukwago termed his cross over as a huge milestone in his journey.
“We have had a good working relationship; we have been members of the same family,” he said.
The Lord Mayor also took time off to thank his former party DP , who he said had shaped and contributed to his carrier from when he was a university student.
“Trials and tribulations notwithstanding, I will forever treasure that roller coaster journey I have had in the DP. They offered me a solid platform to show case my potential, to explore the horizons and make a contribution to the progress of this country in the areas of rule of law, constitutionalism and good governance.”
Regarding the DP card which was awarded to him by former President Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere in 2004, Lukwago said he would keep it in his archive as a memento.
As to why he decided to join the FDC, Lukwago said he was drawn among others by the party’s “philosophy of defiance and conviction to empower the citizens to subdue the gun culture, that subjugated the country since colonial days”
“Bringing the gun under control; that is a mission we want to continue here. It is the unfinished business that Dr Besigye has been talking about and our responsibility together with our commander in struggle.
The Lord Mayor promised to “drudge on” with the FDC, through all hardships including teargas, arrests and humiliation.”
On his part, Col Besigye welcomed Lukwago to the party, noting “We have been united by blood and now we are united in our home”
FDC President Patrick Amuriat termed Lukwago’s entry as a dream come true.
The event carried on to the end at the party offices at Najjanakumbi amid heavy police deployment at the gate.