In the Photo above is Hon. Ssemaganda
A DAY to a special council sitting convened by Speaker Lubaga Division Urban Council on Thursday this week for councilors to select committees and the announcement of Deputy Mayor, Hon. Ronald Ssemaganda has called for calm and solidarity among NUP councilors. He has asked every one to stand solidly behind Mayor Zacchy Mawula Mberaze.
In a statement released by Ssemaganda, he wants NUP councilors to accord maximum respect to their Mayor Mberaze, give him the required support so that the enemy doesn’t tear down this majority opposition party in the council.
Ssemaganda who contested against Hajjat Rehema Ssanyu Fugge in party primaries for Lubaga division speaker and narrowly lost has urged fellow NUP councilors to remain United and abide by the party position.
Thanking NUP councilors for the tremendous job done in the mean time to serve the electorate and the mighty NUP party at large, Ssemaganda said they are expectedoing to demonstrate unity in tomorrow’s council meeting.
He said, “This message serves to request you all, that come the special Council meeting on Thursday 5th August 2021 in which we have NUP candidates standing as committee chairpersons, please let us accord them maximum support and total soothe.”
About Mayor’s appointment of Rehema Fugge who Rubaga North councilors thought is a wrong choice, Ssemaganda requested fellow councilors to let the mayor exercise his constitutional powers.
“I thoughtfully request you all to give His worship the mayor meaningful opportunity as he presents his Executive on the same day. Let us respect his choice. United we stand and divided we fall. For God and my country.” Noted Hon. Ssemaganda.
Ssemaganda who many councilors still believe was the right choice for Speaker, represents Namungoona at Lubaga Division Urban Council.
He put up a tough fight in the primaries and narrowly lost to Fugge. His camp accused Fugge and mayor Mberaze for hiding NUP councilors at NRM boss Mamerito Mugerwa’s Bweyogerere Hotel to make it impossible for Ssemaganda to reach them and ask for votes.
They said, if it wasn’t such irregularities, their candidate would have won.
In fact this was the genesis of disunity among NUP councilors who forms 65% of the council and their candidate Fugge lost to NRM’s Musa Mbaziira whose party forms about 11% of councilors.
Since then, there have been factions among NUP councilors at Lubaga and the party headquarters had to summon them for questioning.
Ssemaganda wants councilors to put aside all differences and give their mayor the desired support to serve Lubaga people.
We are told, Ssemaganda yesterday reached out to every NUP Lubaga councilor, engaged him or her personally preaching unity.
In another development, councilor Maggie Nansubuga Ssemukaaya, the NUP Lubaga North Women League leader on Tuesday held a conference for all female councilors in Lubaga which was attended by among others, Mayor Mberaze.
NUP councilors were trained on how to conduct themselves in council.
Today Wednesday, all NUP Lubaga councilors have been summoned again at Kamwokya party headquarters to be given party position in tomorrow’s council sitting to avoid a repeat of thenparty embarrassment seen during Speaker elections.
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