Rukiga County MP Jack Sabiiti has insisted he is still a strong member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change despite his praise for President Museveni when the latter visited his constituency recently.
Sabiiti said welcoming Mr Museveni and praising him for the developments in Rukiga does not mean that he had defected to the ruling NRM party.
Mr Sabiiti was on Saturday speaking on a radio talk-show in Kabale Town and responding to questions by listeners on reports that he had joined NRM. Some listeners had said Sabiiti had crossed to the NRM and it was the reason Museveni had described him as a “changed man who has started speaking the language of men” when the President visited his constituency mid-January.
“Welcoming President Museveni in my constituency and praising him for the visible developments in the area does not mean that I joined the NRM. I am still an FDC party strong member. I was in order to welcome the head of State to my constituency and praise him for the developments he has done for my people,” he said.
Mr Sabiiti also wondered why similar feelings were not raised in March 2012 when he welcomed Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to his constituency despite her being the NRM national vice chairperson.
“Lobbying for services for my people from the head of State does not mean I have crossed to his party. President Museveni was on a development visit and not on campaigns in my constituency,” Mr Sabiiti said.
He advised Ugandans to differentiate between development and politics and avoid politics of opposing for the sake of proving their sides.