Kabale Politicians Split over Formation of Parliamentary Caucus

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Members of Parliament from Kabale district have failed to constitute a parliamentary caucus because of personal differences. MPs Henry Banyenzaki, Perez Ahabwe, and Wilfred Niwagaba accuse the State Minister for Local Government Hope Mwesigye, of discrediting them in the media and working against them. They claim that Mwesigye, who also the Woman MP for Kabale district, of acting in bad faith and attempting to dominate politics in Kabale. Henry Banyenzaki of Rubanda West says Mwesigye has enough work to do as a Cabinet minister and the Kabale NRM chairperson and that she should leave the establishment of a parliamentary caucus to other MPs. He says he and other MPs are advocating for the creation of a parliamentary group that not only involves Kabale district, but other districts in the Kigezi sub-region. Banyenzaki says that collectively Kabale, Rukungiri, Kanungu and Kisoro will present a stronger caucus with better bargaining power. Hope Mwesigye says there is no reason why she should be removed from the process to form a parliamentary caucus. She dismisses claims that she is divisive, calling the allegations sexist and a sign of the bias of men towards women leaders. Since the parliamentary elections last year, the seven MPS from Kabale have not held a single meeting. Kabale district has four ministers