ANOTHER MP DENOUNCES BOBI WINE; I HAVE NEVER BELONGED TO PEOPLE POWER MOV’T
By Andrew Baba
Kasambya County MP Gaffa Mbwatekamwa has joined the long list of people who have prior been close to Kyagulanyi’s People power Movement but later distanced themselves from the group. In his media interaction at Serena Hotel this Friday morning, the NRM rebel MP maintained that he is and will remain a member of the ruling party even though there are things he thinks need to be improved. He faulted those that have branded him a member of People power, insisting that he is a member of NRM who only stands for the right thing even when it contradicts his party position. He added that it’s this fact that causes people to sometimes construe him as being and antagonistic to his NRM party and therefore an adherent of PP which he says isn’t the case.
Mbwatekamwa also reechoed his earlier announcement that he will not be seeking reelection in 2021 but will be involved in the struggle as an activist. He said he may only consider returning to politics when President Museveni bows out and his party and country gets a new leader. But his archrival David Kabanda, an influential political analyst based in Kampala, says Mbwatekamwa’s decision not to seek reelection is because he knows Kasambya voters are bitter with him for criticizing President Museveni and the NRM, a party he claims to still be member of. Kabanda, who State House is now fronting for the Kasambya seat, says voters are more than ready to politically humiliate Mbwatekamwa should he dare seek reelection.
Mbwatekamwa’s declaration comes after People Power Coordinator for Bunyoro sub region and also MP for Buyaga West Barnabas Tinkasimire had just turned his back on People Power saying he can’t goof to the extent of abandoning a well-established political party like NRM in favor of a mere pressure group based on political waves that tend not to last. Tinkasimire’s utterances infuriated many Bobi Wine supporters who used the social media platform to expose him as very inconsistent.
Mbwatekamwa, just like Tinkasimire has been a vocal critic of how things are done in his party, something that had made him a darling among the Kyagulanyi diehards. He was among the 30 NRM MPs who publicly angered their party and the President when they voted to retain age limits in the Constitution during the stormy Togikwatako debates of late 2017. His father is Mzee Dr. Kayihurankuba, a controversial Pan-Africanist who has always had an on and off relationship with President Museveni and his brother Gen Salim Saleh.