On the 15th July 2020, Woman MP for Kampala Nabilah Naggayi Sempala went to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Headquarters to deliver her nomination form to seek the flag-bearer stance for the Lord Mayor of Kampala. This after two terms as Woman MP for Kampala since 2011.
She was told by her party that she was too late and couldn’t deliver. Nabilah wasn’t allowed to that in the middle of July, which was right as the FDC said it was a day after the deadline.
Now, we have seen Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago have joined the FDC on the 28th July 2020. That is two weeks after the deadline, which Sempala was blocked from. Continuing that, another two weeks, the FDC accepted the nomination of Lukwago on the 13th August 2020 at the same headquarters.
When, the FDC disregarded and blocked the MP, they said they had an agreement with the Platform Truth and Justice for a supply and demand agreement. That is surely still alive, even as he went from his own T&J and before that his demise in the Democratic Party (DP), which he has drifted from over the year. That was not surprising as he has been part of Besigye People’s Government and been a side-kick over the years.
So within a months time, there was a supposed deadline. Which blocked Nabilah, but they later accepted and partied when Lukwago was nominated as the Lord Mayor Flag-Bearer. This is seeming unreasonable and unfair.
That’s making the FDC looking like fool. They are looking like they had a deal behind closed doors. A deal that blocked others from nominating and making it possible to Lord Mayor on the FDC ticket.
I’m not a fan of Nabilah, not at all. She is a meal-ticket politician. The sort who does all games during campaigns and elections, but relaxes through the whole term in office. Only shows up for elections, but is gone in the years in between. I cannot mention anything she written, motion or law she has sponsored. Not even taken a stand worth a headline.
Lord Mayor Lukwago has been squeezed all his career by appointed leadership and the KCCA is taking all control. So, the Lord Mayoral position in Kampala is more ceremonial then powerful. The Executive Director and Secretariat has the control. The City Hall is more for the display then doing something substantial.
Still with that in mind… Lukwago is running for the third time. This time on the FDC ticket instead of the DP. What is striking is how this all went down. It shouldn’t be this hard. The FDC cannot pull this one off without accepting wrongdoing towards one of their own. Not that Sempala is a clean leader or anyone I respect as a politician. However, the way they did this… was just plain wrong.
I understand that they didn’t want to field anyone against the incumbent Lord Mayor. A man who has support and can win for the third time. However, the FDC could have shown more humility, even addressed their plans ahead. Instead of blocking someone a month ahead and looking foolish for it.
This is not a winning streak for the FDC. Yes, they got a big-fish, a man who has been an associate of Besigye and FDC for so long. However, the party should have acted differently. Especially, when they are giving way to Lukwago now. Peace.