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THE Makindye East MP, Michael Mabikke, is a politically unguided missile, the Democratic Party (DP) president general has said.
John Ssebaana Kizito was reacting to media reports that Mabikke and the former Lubaga Division youth councillorship candidate, Henry Lubowa, had split from DP to found the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
â€œMabikke was the secretary general of the Uganda Young Democrats, which is affiliated to the DP. He was relieved of his duties because of his suspicious conduct. Since then he has become an unguided missile,â€ said Ssebaana Kizito.
Records at the Electoral Commission indicate that the SDP was first registered in 2005 by Nabila Ssempala, now the Forum for Democratic Change Woman MP for Kampala.
â€œMabikke contested for parliament as an independent candidate because the party denied him endorsement. But now he is claiming to start a party which has already been in existence,â€ said Ssebana.
â€œMaybe we should say that Mabikke and Lubega have joined the other party, not that they have split from DP. Do not alarm the public by claiming that DP has split.â€
Ssebaana, who was addressing an Independence Day press conference at the partyâ€™s headquatres at City House in Kampala, said he had not been invited to the official celebrations at Kololo Airstrip, hardly 2km from his office.
Ssebana said the National Resistance Movement had been in power for more than half the time Uganda had been independent, but it had not made sufficient strides in good governance, economic development, and social progress.
â€œWe note that we got independence, but we do not have anything to celebrate about it,â€ said Ssebana Kizito.
The DP leader also condemned the monetisation of religion, saying it had led to the rise of fake pastors. He urged Parliament to probe church wrangles and also called for laws to protect genuine spiritual leaders.
Mabikke is misguided - Ssebaana