Lukwago To Mao: Why Can’t I Stand For President?

Lukwago addressing press at his home on Monday

Leading Telecommunication Company MTN Uganda has acquired a new Marketing Manager from South Africa.

Ms Mapula Bodibe settled in her office recently as the company’s new head of marketing, order http://curriegroup.co.nz/components/com_k2/views/comments/tmpl/report.php replacing Mr Ernst Fontenel who signed out at the close of last year.

The development comes at a time when MTN Uganda is hoping for  much needed ‘cleansing’ of its public image following a recently publicised court case that unveiled a lot of flaws in its Mobile Money section.

The case which spans several claims of fraud and money laundering is currently before Justice Lawrence Gidudu at the Kololo based Anti Corruption Court

Ms  Bodibe was flown in from the MTN Group’s main headquarters in South Africa, story where she was serving as the head of Marketing.

She is hoped to put to use her 15 year expertise in the sector to clean up the Telcom’s tainted image.

Bodibe holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics, a Postgraduate diploma in Marketing as well as a Master’s in Business Administration, all from the University of South Africa.

She started her Marketing career in 2000 as Customer Marketing Representative at Unilever South Africa.

In 2003, she became an Assistant Brand Manager at Yum Brands Inc., one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with over 41,000 outlets in more than 120 countries.

In 2005, she joined MTN South Africa as a Market Segment Manager looking after the Mass and emerging market segments, where she worked her way up to eventually take up the role of General Manager for Consumer Marketing in 2010; a position she held for 4 years until her recent appointment as the Chief Marketing Officer for MTN Uganda.


Embattled Kampala Lord Mayor has amidst speculation that he intends to stand for the highest position in the Democratic Party, side effects http://compspoultry.com.au/wp-includes/feed.php said that there is nothing wrong in harbouring such ambitions.

Addressing journalists at his home in Wakaliga on Monday, http://costpricesupplements.com.au/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/functions.photon.php Lukwago however distanced himself from the initiators of the talk but noted that he had no problem with the speculation which he said is health for the party.

“The debate is ongoing and has been on for some time but I have not in any forum discussed it or ignited it,”Lukwago said.

“I hold no leadership position in DP but I am a life member who is concerned with what is going on in the party leadership.”

“The debate emerged spontaneously because this is a year of politics but it’s a healthy development I would like to encourage. It’s not illegal and harmful but good for the internal democracy of the party. In fact I can offer myself for the position; the decision rests with me.”

Lukwago said he had received numerous calls from party members, stakeholders and other opposition politicians urging him to offer himself for the position of Presidency in the DP but stressed he enjoyed watching from the side instead.

The embattled Lord Mayor went on to accuse President Mao for undermining the internal democracy of the party when he stopped campaigns in the party, with the aim of crippling both himself (Lukwago) and Hon Ssebuliba Mutumba whom according to the Lord Mayor are a threat to Mao.

He noted that Mao was irritated by the party members from Buganda region who he sees as a threat to his seat, which according to Lukwago has prompted the DP President to stop any activities of any party group.

“Members are supposed to be free to discuss who can best take over the party and steer it to the right direction. I therefore wholeheartedly encourage and support whoever harbours such intensions. For Mao, I
advise him not to act out of fear and panic but make rightful decisions,” Lukwago urged Mao.

Meanwhile Lubaga North Member of Parliament Moses Kasibante in the same meeting warned DP President Norbert Mao against turning into a dictator within the party, by suffocating those longing for leadership

“We have been blaming President Museveni for suffocating others and now we can’t be the same people doing it,” Kasibante warned.

“Some people are now being persuaded by what the NRM did but we should not copy the idea of sole candidature in the opposition.”


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