Wednesday April 23 2014

I am ready to face DP NEC, says Kidandala


Kampala- Deputy Mayor Sulaiman Kidandala yesterday said he was ready to defend himself over leaked tape recordings about his meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura before the National Executive Committee of his political party.

He said he will explain his position at the Democratic Party meeting which officials yesterday said is due to be convened within the next two weeks.

“I will appear before the NEC if summoned. I am a member of DP and I am bound by its rules and regulations. I do not have any fear because I have done no wrong,” Mr Kidandala told Daily Monitor.

He was responding to DP Press Secretary Fred Mwesigwa who told journalists at a briefing on Tuesday morning that Mr Kidandala is slated to face the party’s executives to explain his case in two weeks’ time.

“We have finalised arrangements to have the NEC meeting on Kidandala’s issues concerning the leaked tapes with the IGP,” said Mr Mwesigwa in Kampala.

Last week, city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, who was the subject of the discussion recorded on the tapes, summoned Mr Kidandala to explain why he secretly met Gen Kayihura.

The recordings which first appeared on social media indicated that the deputy Lord Mayor met the police chief to discuss the fate of the Lord Mayor at City hall.

In the recording, a person speaking in a voice similar to Mr Kidandala’s is heard talking about Mr Lukwago’s relationship with former FDC president Kizza Besigye.

He also appears to be suggesting to the IGP that the Lord Mayor be ousted to avoid the State’s attention. Speaking to this newspaper last evening, Mr Lukwago said since he is not a member of NEC, it was up to the DP leadership to decide on the matter.