The State minister for East African Affairs, Mr Shem Bageine, has likened Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba to the Biblical prodigal son who deserted his father’s homestead.
Mr Bageine said Mr Niwagaba needs divine intervention to return to the NRM party. Mr Bageine said they had tried their best to bring Niwagaba back to the NRM in vain.
Mr Bageine was on Wednesday responding to questions from NRM local leaders in Kaharo Sub-county, Ndorwa East constituency in Kabale District. The local NRM leaders demanded to know why their MP was not involved in the ongoing popularisation of President Museveni’s sole candidature campaign in the constituencies.
“It’s true I brought and introduced to you Mr Niwagaba whom you supported and he won the 2006 parliamentary elections. For that term of five years he did so well,” Mr Bageine responded to the local party leaders.
“In 2011, I never participated in his campaigns but I don’t know what happened after? He ganged up with other MPs Theodore Sekikubo, Muhammed Nsereko and Barnabas Tinkasiimire and started misbehaving. The NRM party dismissed them and they are now battling court cases. That is why you are seeing me here because he is no longer with us,” he added.
Mr Bageine said they are still waiting for the court decision on the case and if there is a by-election in Ndorwa East, the NRM would choose a new flag bearer.
He added that whatever the court decision, Mr Niwagaba will not be NRM’s flag bearer in 2016 elections.
Mr Niwagaba could not be reached for a comment but his constituency mobiliser and assistant Mr Johnson Baguma was adamant they still support their MP and Bageine was wrong to compare him to the prodigal son.
“Mr Niwagaba is representing the voices of the people that elected him very well in Parliament. That is all he is doing. He is not a prodigal son. He is the right son of Ndorwa East and we shall give him more votes even if court rules against him,” Mr Baguma said.
Mr Niwagaba was expelled from NRM last year together with MPs Theodore Sekikubo, Muhammed Nsereko and Barnabas Tinkasiimire on accusations that they were undermining the party ideals from within.