Jinja-Kigulu North MP Edward Kafufu Balidawa has announced that he is quitting active politics and will not seek re-election in 2016.
Speaking on a local talk show, The Sunday Panel, which is televised on Jinja-based Kodh’eyo TV, Mr Balidawa, who is serving his second term as Kigulu North legislator, cited lack of appreciation by his constituents as the reason behind his decision.
Mr Balidawa said his constituents continuously accuse him of failure to deliver yet he has committed almost all his time and little resources on the development of the constituency.
“I have lobbied for over 40 transformers which have helped with the electrification of the area. We have had three health centres constructed and I have always consulted my constituents on every issue, but every time I hear people calling in here and on other radio stations to insult me and underrate my efforts,” the MP said.
Mr Balidawa, who is the chairperson of the Busoga Tourism Initiative which organised last year’s Busoga Tourism Expo and the Kagulu Hill Climbing Challenge said that it is time for him to step aside and let others provide Kigulu with excellent development and leadership.
The former DP Stalwart, Mr Yekosofati Baite Munobwa welcomed the MP’s move and urged other NRM leaders to emulate him, while Iganga District NRM chairperson, Mr Ismail Kyeyago said Mr Baliddawa is hardworking.
As provided for in article 79(1) of the Constitution, the role of an MP is to consider, refine, amend and vote on Bills.