I am not in FDC to get a meal card, or pick groceries. My record since Reform Agenda times is that we have been together until today when I am deputy president. I am here to join fighters in the struggle to remove President Museveni.

I have taken this decision of joining FDC as a seasoned politician and not as a seasonal one. I respect people’s decisions and they should respect mine. I am an adult of sound mind at 50 years. I reiterate that Najjanankumbi is my home.

I am at peace with my conscience in good and bad times, in sickness and health, in swallowing teargas and eating watermelons. In all these difficult situations in getting beaten and detained we shall always move together with FDC, Lukwago said.

Erias Lukwago Ssalongo He is the Lord Mayor of the city of Kampala, the capital of Ugandan and the largest metropolitan area in the country. He was elected to that position on 14 January 2011. He was voted out of office on 25 November 2013 by Councillors after a tribunal found him guilty of incompetence and abuse of office. The KCCA councilors voted 29 to three to impeach him. He was re-instated on 28 November 2013 after the High Court Judge Yasin Nyanzi ordered Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze to stop the implementation of the tribunal report that paved way for his censure.

He was born in Kabungo Masaka district (now Kalungu district) on 11 May 1970 to Muhamoud Mirundi and Salimanti Nakayaga. Lukwago attended Makerere University between 1995 until 1997, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in 1998. He also holds a Certificate in Advocacy Skills from the International Law Institute.

Since 1998, Lukwago has worked as the managing partner in the offices of Lukwago and Co. Advocates, a Kampala law firm that specializes in constitutional law and human rights law. In 2006, he was elected to the Ugandan Parliament, on the Democratic Party ticket, representing the Central Kampala Constituency.  While in parliament, he served on the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee and on the Local Government Accounts Committee. He resigned from Parliament in 2011 and was elected Lord Mayor of the City of Kampala. Lukwago has in the past served as national legal adviser to the Democratic Party in Uganda, and as Shadow Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. On 20 May 2011, Lukwago was sworn in as Lord Mayor of Kampala for a five-year term.  In 2016 he was sworn in for his second term.

Lukwago on his move to FDC he said, “I was given life membership card, it is now a souvenir, it will always remain in archives. I am convinced that now is the time to move on and open a new chapter in my political career”.

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