The dismissal of four legislators from the National Resistance Movement-NRM has generated mixed reactions from voters in Kigezi region. On Monday, Amama Mbabazi, the secretary general of NRM announced the dismissal of the four legislators for allegedly violating the party constitution. They are Muhammad Nsereko, the Kampala Central MP, Theodore Ssekikubo, Lwemiyaga County, Barnabas Tinkasimire, Buyaga West and Wilfred Niwagaba, Ndorwa East, while Vincent Kyamadidi, the Rwampara County MP was suspended for three months.
The decision to dismiss the MPs was unanimously approved by the NRM central Executive Committee chaired by President Yoweri Museveni, the NRM chairperson. The MPs were accused of decampaigning the official NRM candidates in by elections, willful, intentional reporting or dissemination of malicious information against the NRM in the media amongst others.
However, the dismissal of the MPs has drawn mixed reactions from the people in Kigezi region, with many accusing the party of attempting to silence parliament. William Byamukama, a resident of Maziba Sub County in Ndorwa Eastsays the dismissal of the MPs is not a big deal. He says it is better for the Mps to be thrown out so that they can speak the truth instead of being stuck in a party where they are suffocated. Byamukama faults the party for rushing to dismiss the MPs who are fighting corruption and shielding the corrupt.
Collins Kakuru, a resident of Kyanamira in Ndorwa East Constituency says the dismissal of the MPs will allow them to speak out their mind and demonstrate to the country what they stand for.
Protaz Twine, a resident of Kyanamira Sub County accuses the NRM leadership of dictatorship and attempts to kill the party. Twine says that as voters they are not bothered by the dismissal of their MP from the party adding that, they are ready to express their dissatisfaction with the decision should fresh elections be held.
Rev.Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda, the chairperson Kigezi Inter-religious council says he is happy with the decision taken by the ruling party, saying it is only decision that was expected from the party leadership. Batanyenda explains that the expulsion of the legislators is a clear indication that they followed their conscience.
Wilfred Niwagaba, one of the embattled legislators says that he is not bothered by his dismissal from the party. Niwagaba, who told URN on Monday evening that he had only heard of his dismissal from the news, said he is determined to continue with his war on corruption. He explained that his dismissal from the party gives him more liberty to speak the truth and air out the views of his constituents.
Niwagaba has called for calm amongst his electorate saying that what he and his colleagues are doing is in line with the law.