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Minister, MP clash in Ssembabule

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th December 2008 03:00 AM

DRAMA ensued on Wednesday when the local government state minister and area Member of Parliament (MP) attacked each other at the launch of a credit scheme in Ssembabule.

By Dismus Buregyeya

DRAMA ensued on Wednesday when the local government state minister and area Member of Parliament (MP) attacked each other at the launch of a credit scheme in Ssembabule.

Minister Hope Mwesigye, the chief guest at the function, told the residents that the NRM party was going to suspend MP Theodore Ssekikubo for indiscipline.

Mwesigye also attacked Ssekikubo for criticising the sh10m pledge made by the MP for Mawogola, Sam Kutesa, towards the development of the Lwemiyaga Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (SACCO).

Kutesa is the foreign affairs minister.
“I pity you for electing Ssekikubo to represent you in Parliament. He is criticising Kutesa for injecting money into your SACCO, let him show us what he has done for you,” Mwesigye said.

The legislator had earlier challenged Mwesigye to show people the money Kutesa had contributed: “Where is the money? We do not want empty promises?” Ssekikubo asked.

Mwesigye told the residents that as a Member of Parliament in the district, Kutesa ‘has made significant developments in the area’.

The minister also urged the people to vote Hanifa Kawooya in the coming district woman MP by-elections.

The seat fell vacant last month after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Hanifa Kawooya in 2006 for non- compliance with the electoral regulations.

However, the event worsened when Ssekikubo grabbed the microphone from Mwesigye, urging the residents to rally support for Joy Kabatsi, an independent candidate in the race. Ssekikubo also attacked Kawooya and asked for her apology for ‘calling him satan’.

“I have withdrawn the word satan, it was a slip of the tongue,” Kawoya apologised.

The MP also accused the Ssembabule resident district commissioner, Sserwano Kabogorwa, of misrepresenting the office of the President.

Kabogorwa had asked the people of Ssembabule to support the Government and NRM official candidates in the race.
Mwesigye urged Ssekikubo to reconcile with NRM party members if he wanted to stay in parliament as the official party flag bearer in the 2011 elections.

“We have the capacity to fail Ssekikubo because he is pushing for his interests and not those of the NRM party. He is fighting fellow party members and promoting the opposition.”

Minister, MP clash in Ssembabule

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