Kasese FDC leaders clash over Museveni donation

Kasese Municipality MP, Mr Robert Centenary

KASESE- Elected leaders in Kasese Municipality who subscribe to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party are up in arms against the Kasese Municipality MP, Mr Robert Centenary, for allegedly lobbying Shs200 million from the President without the consent of the party leadership.

The President is reported to have recently pledged the fund to help some of the people affected by the recent clashes in Kasese District that left several children orphaned and women widowed.

This was in November 2016 when government forces attacked King Wesley Mumbere’s palace, leaving hundreds dead. The king and his royal guards were arrested and are being tried at the High Court for treason and terrorism, among other charges.

Last week, FDC leaders boycotted his accountability meetings organised for the masses in the municipality.

In his social media posts inviting the electorate to the meeting that was held at Kilembe Quarters Playground, the MP said all elected leaders below him would attend the meeting so that they can jointly account for two years in leadership.

But this was not so. Some of the FDC leaders in Kasese Municipality who snubbed his meetings include, Central Division LC3 chairperson Martin Safari, Nyamwamba Division LC3 chairperson Saidi Kisuk and other FDC councillors at both divisional and municipal council.

Asked to explain why FDC leaders boycotted the accountability meeting, the party’s district publicity secretary, Mr Earnest Kasoke, declined to comment.

But other sources said FDC leaders had resolved during a heated meeting on Friday not to attend the function, accusing the MP of “betrayal”.

But Mr Centenary defended his actions, saying he had done nothing wrong.