YOU ARE NO LONGER PART OF US; UFA BOSSES TELL OFF BETI KAMYA
By Andrew Baba
Minister Olive Beti Namisango Kamya has been warned against meddling in the affairs of the Uganda Federal Alliance, the party she helped to form in 2010. Senyonga Baker Byaayi, the party’s acting president informed his listeners who had converged for the Duwa prayers of late Ahamed Byaayi in Kamuli Mawogola Ssembabule district, that Kamya was expelled from the party and shouldn’t be talking about its business because she isn’t one of them anymore. “Once she joined a new political party, she ceased being one of us and that’s very clear. I am surprised she can still speak about UFA with authority after betraying us,” the angry party boss exclaimed.
Byaayi made the remarks in response to the statement made by Kamya while attending the NRM delegates conference at Namboole on Saturday. The former presidential hopeful and also Minister of Lands praised the achievements of NRM and president Museveni whom she assured that there were many people from her former party that still want to join the ruling party and promised to bring them in. However, Byaayi warned Kamya to stop using the name of their party to dupe the president maintaining that the former party chief has no say in the party she betrayed by joining Museveni’s government. She also called her an impersonator who risks court action if she doesn’t stop holding out as UFA party leader which she isn’t.
Meanwhile, Theodore Sekikubo’s arch rival Patrick Nkalubo used the same ceremony to declare that he will not be contesting in Rwemiyaga, a constituency he has fought to represent for the last 15 years. Nkalubo, who has competed and been defeated by the outspoken rebel MP, also admitted that Sekikubo is still formidable the very reason he sees no reason standing against him anymore. He therefore told the cheering crowd that he will be seeking to serve his people as the district chairman for Sembabule replacing Dr. Elly Muhumuza, the cracking incumbent who has lost many allies including Sembabule undisputed kingmaker Sam Kutesa.
Beti Kamya is one of the many people that have joined to serve in Museven’s government after a lengthy period with the opposition. She is one of the architects of the main opposition party FDC which she served in many influential capacities until 2008 when she parted ways with them to form UFA from which the Byayis have since excommunicated her branding her a traitor. In 2011, Kamya contested for the top office as the flag bearer of UFA. Her political visibility diminished after badly losing the same to Museveni as it was widely expected. The same Kamya, who one-time disputed Museveni’s Ugandan nationality in a newspaper article prompting CIID to summon her, surprised many when she cheerfully accepted a slot in Museven’s 2016 Cabinet as Minister for Kampala Affairs before making it again as Minister of Lands later last year.