National Resistance Movement (NRM) councilors in Kamuli district local government have ousted their caucus chairperson, Chris Wabwire, alleging that he has switched his allegiance to the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party.
Wabwire, who represents Mbulamuti sub-county as a male councilor, has faced criticism from fellow councilors led by Maxwell Kuwembula, the Kamuli District LC V chairperson.
They argue that Wabwire’s public declaration of support for NUP contradicts his role as the leader of NRM councilors, weakening the party’s position in the district. Grassroots supporters have blamed the councilors for not taking disciplinary action against him.
Kuwembula explains that Wabwire is also accused of supporting motions proposed by the opposition, disregarding the NRM party that sponsored his candidacy.
This has caused confusion within the district council, as NRM councilors are uncertain about which agenda to pursue when their caucus leader supports resolutions from the minority opposition members.
As a result, the caucus members have replaced Wabwire with his deputy, Erina Ndibogeza. Ndibogeza has assured her colleagues that she will prioritize the NRM agenda and government programs such as the ongoing Parish Development Model (PDM), serving as a unifying force in the council.
She acknowledges that the disagreements between the majority of NRM councilors and their former caucus leader have hindered council operations.
Previously, councilors had formed factions either supporting or opposing the existing situation. However, with Ndibogeza’s election as their leader, she aims to streamline their work.
Wabwire, on the other hand, believes that the position did not provide him with a significant opportunity to improve service delivery to the electorate. Consequently, he feels that his allegiance to the NRM was inconsequential.
“I had hoped that the NRM would provide us with a platform to better serve the people. However, there has been no improvement in areas such as road conditions, availability of medicines in government health facilities, or adequate classrooms. Remaining under a non-transformative leadership umbrella was not beneficial to me or my constituents,” he said.
According to Wabwire, many leaders in Kamuli lament about the inadequate state of service delivery without offering viable solutions for the welfare of the population.
“The title of NRM caucus chairperson was often bestowed upon me at various functions, such as funerals and weddings. This led the public to assume that I was the beacon of hope for fulfilling their service delivery needs. However, I lacked the power to influence any changes from the government I was serving, and there was no reason for me to hold onto a position that was not benefiting my community in any way,” he explained.