Gen Salim Saleh’s letter saying he was withdrawing “all the support” he has rendered to the opposition Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, has caused a stir in the opposition.
Gen Saleh’s associates last week leaked his letter to Lukwago on social media.
It reads: “Dear Brother, I’m very offended by what you have said about me.
I have withdrawn all the support I have been giving you in your fights until you apologise.
Like Archbishop Ssemwogerere said, “obulimba nobukyayi, Uganda yakusabila”.
The letter took many by surprise considering that Lukwago, now an FDC top shot, is considered one of Uganda’s firmest opposition figures.
Lukwago’s shadowy links with Gen Salim Saleh, who is a senior presidential advisor on defence and security, will give ammunition to his rivals in the 2026 elections if he opts to retain his position as Kampala mayor.
Efforts to reach Lukwago on his known mobile phone were yet to bear fruit.
Lukwago has been brutalised by the security forces during protests. He had to fight on many legal and political fronts to save his job as Mayor.
However, former Kampala Woman MP Nabilah Naggayi now says “one of the conditions by the Muloodi (Mayor) that sealed the 2016 political Kampala/NRM/Lukwago tripartite brokered by the general, was the Jeneffer Musisi exit.”
Lukwago was involved in a bitter fight with ex KCCA Executive Director, Jeniffer Musisi over the running of the city affairs.
While Musisi advocated for strong law and order in the city, Lukwago, a politician, sided with vendors in their street battles with KCCA’s enforcement officers.
Gradually, Kampala turned into a battleground for the opposition-leaning political and social groups against security forces.
In the 2016 presidential elections, Museveni lost Kampala – a situation he partly attributed to Musisi’s ‘highhandedness.’
Feeling isolated, Musisi later said she had resigned from her position over the infighting at city hall and dwindling support from the presidency.
Lukwago is now under pressure to speak out on his relations with Saleh and what the alleged ‘support’ entailed.
The post Gen Saleh’s Letter on ‘Supporting Lukwago’ Sparks Murmurs in Opposition first appeared on ChimpReports.