Ndorwa East Voters want Museveni to Explain Rebel MP Saga

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Alex Kwarisima, a resident of Katookye cell in Kigata Parish in Kyanamira Sub County says as voters they elected Mps to represent their interest and not necessarily those of the party. He says they are now wondering why the ruling party can resort to expelling people who stick to the truth and instead of supporting them to uproot corruption.

A group of voters in Ndorwa East constituency in Kabale has embarked on the collection of signatures to petition President Yoweri Museveni to explain why he wants their area MP kicked out of parliament without consulting them. Wilfred Niwagaba, the Ndorwa East MP is one of the four embattled NRM MPs facing expulsion from parliament. 

It came after the central executive committee of the National Resistance Movement chaired by President Yoweri Museveni expelled Niwagaba, Mohammad Nsereko, Kampala central, Theodore Ssekikubo, Lwemiyaga County and Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasimire from the party for alleged indiscipline. NRM unsuccessfully petitioned Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament to throw out the legislators forcing the party to petition court seeking an order to compel her to expel them. 

Now, NRM voters in Ndorwa East constituency say they have embarked on the collection of 20,000 signatures to compel Museveni to traverse the constituency and explain to them whyhe expelled their legislator without their consent. Alex Kwarisima, a resident of Katookye cell in Kigata Parish in Kyanamira Sub County says as voters they elected Mps to represent their interest and not necessarily those of the party. He says they are now wondering why the ruling party can resort to expelling people who stick to the truth instead of supporting them to uproot corruption. 

Kwarisima says they have embarked on the collection of signatures to petition the party chairperson to rescind the decision to expel their MPs and apologize to the voters for disrespecting them. Boney Tumuranze, a resident of Maziba Sub County says the decision by the ruling party to expel the MP renders them political orphans.

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Johnson Baguma, the LC V councilor Buhara sub county says the most disturbing thing is that the party already shopping for another candidate to unseat their representative yet they are ably represented by the incumbent. He wants the party leadership to denounce any decision aimed at suppressing the interests of Ugandans and stop harassing their representatives. Baguma who is pessimistic that the party leadership will listen to their demands, says they vote back the MP should he be expelled from the party.

Louis Bazirake, the NRM vice chairperson Kabale district declined to comment on the matter saying it is beyond the jurisdiction of his office. Wilfred Niwagaba, the embattled Ndorwa East legislator told URN that he heard about the move by the voters but expressed doubt that the party will listen to their concerns.

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He however said they are ready to take the battle to its logical conclusion no matter the consequences they have to encounter.

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.