Social media platforms have been abuzz with photos of Jimmy Lwanga, the lawmaker for Njeru municipality, and Busoga Members of Parliament meeting Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugana, Uganda’s first son and presidential advisor on special operations.
The meeting included Busoga MPs such as Racheal Magoola (Bugweri district), Alex Brandon Kintu (Kagoma North), Martin Muzaale Mugabi (Buzaaya County), Iddi Isabirye (Bunya South), Nathan Igeme Nebeta (Jinja East), Milton Muwuma Kalulu (Kigulu South), and Brenda Namukuta (Kaliro district), among others. They were seen meeting with the chief of the MK Movement, who has expressed his intention to run for the presidential seat in 2026.
The motives behind the meeting remain unclear. However, Daudi Kabanda, the national deputy spokesperson of the MK Movement, welcomed Jimmy Lwanga from the National Unity Platform (NUP) for officially joining the project, as stated in a tweet.
The development has sparked bitterness among NUP leaders at the local and national levels, as well as loyal supporters, who believe that the embattled Lwanga should be denounced from the opposition party based in Makerere Kavule. A source from the NUP local leadership in Buikwe district claims that the legislator has been in close ties with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), and the party secretariat has turned a deaf ear to the matter. A media briefing regarding the issue is scheduled for Monday.
Lwanga responded to the circulating photo and allegations, stating, “Clarification on a photo of Hon. Lwanga Jimmy and Gen. Muhoozi on social media platforms. It is true that I met Gen. Muhoozi like any other Ugandan would. My political affiliation remains intact, and I vividly align myself with the National Unity Platform (NUP) party.”
It is worth noting that the MK Movement recently attracted Dr. Twaha Kagabo, a legislator from NUP’s Bukoto county. Additionally, there are reports that Bashir Kazibwe Mbazira from Kawempe South has joined the movement, preaching the message of Gen. Muhoozi for president.
Mbazira expressed his official joining of the MK Movement on social media, stating, “I am now officially joining the MK Movement, and Muhoozi Kainerugana should sign me in. I know NUP hooligans are going to abuse me now. The recent tweet I made garnered over 1,000 comments, all of which were insults. Why spread so much hate? Let me go where I am wanted.”
It is important to note that President Yoweri Museveni has repeatedly stated that by 2026, there will be no opposition in Uganda.