Wolokoso – Mbabazi Snubs Opposition MPs

For about two months now, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has been hounded by some NRM MPs over his undeclared bid to unseat President Museveni.

Though seemingly rattled at times, the usually ice-cool Mbabazi has maintained that no one will push him out of the ruling party. Nevertheless, Mbabazi seemed to find some comfort from friendly foes on Parliament’s opposition bench last week as he entered the House to applause from them, rather than his own colleagues.

Opposition MPs such as Betty Nambooze, Muwanga Kivumbi, Roland Mugume and John Ken Lukyamuzi also offered Mbabazi a seat at the opposition front bench, saying he was free to join them since his party “had rejected him.”

Mbabazi welcomed the gesture, saying, “Madam Speaker, it is good to have such people in the House because they take you off the tension.”

The prime minster, however, declined the seat. But he will perhaps be comforted to know that if the heat gets too hot in his own kitchen, there is at least one place where he could be welcomed with open arms.

NRM MPs justify begging:

Under normal circumstances, some things cannot be justified. But don’t tell that to NRM legislators. Apparently, the MPs, who recently asked the executive to negotiate a Shs 150 million loan relief deal with a Chinese bank, have no qualms about trooping to State House with begging bowls in hand.

“Yeah, we are supposed to go to Museveni whenever we feel we have got financial hardships because he is our political father and he has got that capacity [to solve financial problems],” one of the NRM MPs, who did not want to be named, told Wolokoso.

“In fact, we go to him because we do a lot for him on the ground, on top of offering him enormous support. Can you imagine that we gave him a green light [to secure the NRM ticket unopposed] at the expense of our [political] lives? He is happy, but we shall beg him pakalast in return of what we did for him in Kyankwanzi.”

If that is not political blackmail from legislators who earn some of the highest salaries in the country, then Wolokoso does not know what game the MPs and the president are playing.

Mao takes dig at ex-NRM politicians:

Right from his days as a candidate for Makerere University’s guild presidency, at which he trounced Brig Noble Mayombo, Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has been in the opposition.

Mao’s reason is simple. He has never believed in any of President Museveni’s political ideals, unlike some former NRM cadres who say Museveni took them for a ride. In what could be interpreted as a dig at those former NRM politicians, who have crossed to the opposition and now accuse Mao of being too friendly with Museveni, the former Gulu Municipality MP says he had seen through Museveni’s methods and distrusted them from the start of his rule.

“I am not one of those who can say that President Museveni has deceived me because I have not believed in him and I am not one of those who can write a book titled, ‘Betrayed by my leader’,” Mao said recently while appearing on NTV’s On the Spot talk show.

With those choice words, Mao could have silenced some of his detractors for a while. Unless, of course, the likes of Maj John Kazoora can hit back at Mao. Wolokoso is waiting with bated breath.

Ssebunya’s anger with Kasirivu Atwooki:

Never mind that Kyaddondo North MP Robert Kasule Ssebunya was inside the Parliamentary chambers. The legislator just could not hide his anger at his colleague Kasirivu Atwooki, who represents Bugangaizi West.

In the eyes of Kasule, Kasirivu had committed a grave crime during Parliament’s debate on the ad hoc committee report on the energy sector. Kasirivu had suggested that Disaster Preparedness Minister Hilary Onek should be held culpable for mistakes he made while still minister of Energy and Mineral Development.

With Parliament adopting Kasirivu’s motion, Ssebunya started scolding his colleague, albeit cautiously in order not to attract the attention of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. Kasirivu was not fazed, though. After all, he had achieved his goal.

Wolokoso is yet to know exactly what motivated Sebunya’s outburst. If we were to hazard a guess, perhaps he was just protecting an NRM sibling.

Muwanga Kivumbi buys ‘wedding Benz’

If you see Butambala MP Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi being driven in a Mercedes Benz, don’t take it that the legislator has upgraded to a new set of wheels. Muwanga Kivumbi will have simply borrowed a car that he bought for his constituents in fulfillment of a campaign pledge.

Nearly every weekend, the dark blue C220 Benz is busy giving newlyweds in Butambala a memorable ride to and from church on their special day.

“It is one of the promises that excited my voters most during campaigns. I, therefore, had to fulfill it,” Kivumbi was overheard telling his colleagues at Parliament.

Apparently, anyone hoping to enjoy a ride in the flashy Benz must prove that heshe is a registered voter of Butambala. With other legislators buying ambulances for their constituents, one has to wonder why Muwanga Kivumbi’s constituents preferred a Benz.

And at this rate, one can’t help wondering what some constituents might ask from their aspiring MPs in the run up to the 2016 general elections. A chopper to transport constituents for tours of Kampala? A community restaurant?

Deal stops MP Rwakajara from attending Parliament:

Many MPs are said to be serial absentees from parliamentary session, even though their signatures are usually present in the attendance book. It is said that they merely come to sign the book and then, while Parliament is in session, they slip away to attend to their private businesses.

Last week, however, Workers MP Arinaitwe Rwakajara [NRM] could not even beat the system as he hurried to pursue a personal deal with colleague Atwib Katoto, who represents Katerera county.

“Hey, hey Katoto, stop your car. I want to talk to you,” Rwakajara, who was entering Parliament at 4pm was overheard telling his colleague.

“I am time barred, man. I can’t stop,” Katoto replied. But Rwakajara was not done yet.

“No, let me go and sign the book such that I can join you. Please reverse the car”.

Rwakajara’s pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears, with Katoto determined to drive off. This prompted Rwakajara to abandon the attendance book.

“I have a serious business to pursue with this man, let me actually forgo this signing and go,” he was overheard saying, while running to Katoto’s car.

Aha, with legislators like this, Parliament might actually need a head prefect to police them.

Ssebunya’s anger with Kasirivu Atwooki:

Never mind that Kyaddondo North MP Robert Kasule Ssebunya was inside the Parliamentary chambers. The legislator just could not hide his anger at his colleague Kasirivu Atwooki, who represents Bugangaizi West.

In the eyes of Kasule, Kasirivu had committed a grave crime during Parliament’s debate on the ad hoc committee report on the energy sector. Kasirivu had suggested that Disaster Preparedness Minister Hilary Onek should be held culpable for mistakes he made while still minister of Energy and Mineral Development.

With Parliament adopting Kasirivu’s motion, Ssebunya started scolding his colleague, albeit cautiously in order not to attract the attention of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. Kasirivu was not fazed, though. After all, he had achieved his goal.

Wolokoso is yet to know exactly what motivated Sebunya’s outburst. If we were to hazard a guess, perhaps he was just protecting an NRM sibling.

Source : The Observer

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