A section of supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC
party supporters in Kasese district want Bukonzo West MP Atkins Godfrey
Katusabe investigated over his relationship with President Yoweri Museveni.
Katusabe, who represents Bukonzo County West constituency, is a member of the
opposition FDC party. He is also a minister of foreign affairs in both the
shadow cabinet of parliament and Dr Kizza Besigye’s People’s Government.
He recently invited President Yoweri Museveni to his constituency
to address the population on a number of issues.
Museveni stayed clear of partisan politics and urged the people of
Kasese on unity in addition to tipping them on farming techniques.
Later, the presidential press team posted pictures on social media
alleging that FDC supporters had defected to the NRM party.
Now, a section of FDC supporters want Katusabe to face the
disciplinary committee of the party for his closeness to the president.
During a meeting of FDC leaders from Kasese at Rwenzori
International Hotel in Kasese town on Monday, Sirikani Mumbere an FDC youth
leader from Kitholhu sub-county said that Katusabe must explain why he oversaw
the defection of members of the FDC members to the NRM.
Mumbere also tasked the FDC Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat
and National Secretary for Mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe to explain to what
extent members of the opposition can relate NRM officials.
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Mumbere was supported by Ruth Kikusa the Kasese municipality FDC
chairperson who argued that it was ironical that whereas Katusabe mobilized
masses to attend a function where the NRM chairperson was chief guest, he did
nothing when his party president was in the district.
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Amuriat and Ingrid were in Kasese to meet FDC leaders on how
the party can remain vibrant in Kasese which is an opposition stronghold.
Much as all the six MPs who hail from Kasese and the district chairperson
subscribe to the FDC, only two legislators, Busongora County North legislator
William Nzoghu and Bukonzo East MP Harold Tonny Muhindo were present during the
However, the other leaders, save for Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza,
tendered their apologies citing other very important engagements.
But Kikusa said the party has remained divided and it was high
time action was taken to weed the party of indecisive members.
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The FDC District Chairperson Saulo Maathe who argued that the
absence of MPs was a sign of non-committal to the party.
Turinawe revealed that the FDC’s top leadership is keenly
interested in the relationship between President Museveni and Katusabe.
Turinawe urged the leadership of the constituency to write a formal
complaint to the FDC national office so that a decision is taken.
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Amuriat said investigations into the actions of the MP will
continue until such a time when an appropriate action will be taken.
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However, Amuriat urged the people of Bukonzo West and the entire
country, in general, to put more efforts on building the party such that
leaders are accountable.