Opposition Democratic Party (DP) today called out the Minister of State for Youth, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi who yesterday during the 55th Independence Day celebrations, reportedly paraded before President Museveni, what she called a group of DP leaders.
The Minister presented the group and told President Museveni that these were DP leaders from the western region that attended the celebrations which had been shunned by the national party members.
The DP party Presidential Press Secretary, Fred Mwesigwa however, told the media at City House today that the said DP leaders are not known anywhere in the party structures.
Nakiwala, who is the former DP Flag bearer for Kampala Woman MP in the 2016 general elections, shocked the opposition party when she accepted a Ministerial appointment by President Museveni last year.
Mwesigwa said the minister was only attempting a cheap popularity shot and urged the public and President Museveni not to take her seriously.
He went on to clarify that DP currently has no such leaders in the Ankole leaders as presented by the minister.
“To be open and sincere, during our elections in 2015 for renewing DP leadership, we had issues with the structures and we decided especially on LC III in Ankole sub region not to conduct any elections,” Mwesigwa said.
“How can a Minister who also served in Kabaka’s administration come out with lies because she wants to get money from President Museveni, by trading members of the public who claim to be DP members yet they are not leaders at all?”
He added, “We can’t tell where she got the people she paraded from; this is a disappointment to the person of Nakiwala, all in the name of money and hypocrisy.”
We were still unable to reach the minister for a comment on the accusations.