Jimmy Lwanga, the Member of Parliament for Njeru Municipality, has officially become part of the MK movement, which is led by Gen Muhoozi Kainerughaba.
Lwanga’s decision to join the MK movement was made public during the Soroti Baraza event, where he shook hands with Gen Muhoozi.
Before this, Lwanga had previously denied reports of his shift to the MK Movement, explaining that his meeting with President Museveni’s First Son was merely an attempt to gain the President’s attention.
Lwanga conveyed his frustration in attempting to secure a meeting with President Museveni, detailing his considerable efforts that had ended in failure.
Together with fellow MPs, Lwanga has now shown his endorsement of Gen Muhoozi’s presidential campaign for the 2026 elections.
This turn of events has taken the opposition within the country by surprise.
It’s important to highlight that Gen Muhoozi, formerly the commander of the Land Forces of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces, initially announced his candidacy for the 2026 presidential election but subsequently withdrew his statement.
Lwanga isn’t the first MP to depart from Kyagulanyi’s NUP political party and align with Gen Muhoozi’s campaign.
Dr. Twaha Kagabo, the Member of Parliament representing Bukoto South, is reported to have also left the NUP to become part of the MK Movement.
Since Lwanga’s election to Parliament, there has been ongoing conflict between him and other opposition MPs with the NUP party leadership in Kampala and the District structures.
The party accuses Lwanga of betraying the struggle by secretly engaging with the incumbent regime, which has faced allegations of human rights abuses.
In the preceding election, Lwanga, previously the Njeru Municipality Speaker, emerged victorious with 13,676 votes under the National Unity Platform banner to secure his position as the Njeru Municipality MP.
President Museveni has consistently voiced criticism against the opposition in Uganda, claiming that there exists no authentic opposition and labeling certain opposition members as dissatisfied individuals.