Election 2016

Lukwago Diehards Turn Rowdy at TDA Headquarters

Erias Lukwago wants his group included in the TDA process

Four Ugandans have won scholarships to pursue Masters Degrees in the UK in various fields related to the oil and gas industry under the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS).

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme, case http://celebrationhopecenter.org/wp-admin/includes/theme-install.php now in its 4th year, aims at supporting national participation in the oil and gas industry and in other sectors that promote economic diversification.

Tullow Oil has now offered a total of 55 scholarships to Ugandans for degree studies in the UK as one of its initiatives to address the industry skills gaps and national capacity development requirements in Uganda.

This year the scheme will support postgraduate degrees in Engineering Management, Infrastructure Engineering, Environmental Technology and Petroleum and Gas Engineering at the University of Birmingham, University of Surrey, Coventry University and University of Salford respectively.

Speaking at a send-off event, one of the scholarship recipients, Christine Asiimwe said she was honored to be one of the few fortunate Ugandans to receive the scholarship. “I look forward to returning to Uganda better equipped to participate in the growth of the oil and gas sector and to share the knowledge I receive with others,” she added.

Jimmy Mugerwa, the Tullow Uganda General Manager congratulated the successful candidates for making it to the final stage and wished them success in their studies.

“I know that you have gone through a rigorous selection process to get here and I’m pleased that you are the successful candidates. Congratulations,” he said. “We are pleased to be extending this opportunity to brilliant and talented Ugandans who will participate in the growth and success of the oil and gas industry,” he added.

The Tullow Group Scholarship scheme is run in partnership with the British Council offices in Uganda, Kenya and Ghana and has so far benefited a total of 344 African Scholars from the three countries.
Supporters of impeached Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago have Friday caused a stir at The Democratic Alliance (TDA) Secretariat in Naguru, patient http://defur.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpsockets.php Kampala, condemning the coalition’s failure to include their Truth and Justice Platform (TJP).

Chaos erupted when TDA publicity official Gawaya Tegulle told TJP supporters to leave the conference room as it had been reserved for Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi’s press briefing.

Lukwago’s fans started shouting at TDA officials, blaming them of sidelining their pressure group.

TDA Committee member, Asuman Basalirwa quickly arranged an impromptu media conference, describing Lukwago’s arrival at Naguru as a “surprise visit.”

“It was a rare visit because we didn’t expect it but TDA is an inclusive platform,” he explained.

“They had made an application to be part of TDA and hadn’t received a response and the deadline for return of nomination forms was today,” said Basalirwa as Lukwago’s supporters listened attentively.

“They were concerned about the fate of their application and the deadline is closing for nominations. We told them we regret that no formal response has been given to them in time.”

He said Lukwago’s group got assurance that many applications including that o Lukwago are still pending.

“Their application will be given chance and by Monday they will have known their fate.”

DP President Norbert Mao recently warned that admitting Lukwago’s association, which is a splinter group from the mainstream party, would compel him to withdraw the political organisation from the alliance.

TDA is now clearly torn between admitting Lukwago, a prominent activist and risking the possibility of DP quitting the alliance.

Lukwago speaks out

Lukwago said his visit at TDA offices was necessitated by the delay in considering their application.

“We took a decision that I should come as leader to ascertain what is going on. We have been patient at all they have been doing,” he explained.

“We are satisfied with commitment given by the summit that by Monday the decision will have been made. We are committed to working together to cause regime change.”

On the deadline for nomination which is today Friday, Basalirwa said TDA would have “to see how we can work out to include them in the program. This is a wakeup call to us as the TDA summit.”


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