Masaka- More NRM party members, including councillors from Masaka sub-region, have defected to the Go-Forward camp, declaring their support for Mr Amama Mbabazi’s presidential bid.
The politicians made the declaration during the Go-forward first upcountry campaign rally at the Masaka Golf Course grounds on Monday.
Among the defectors were Dr Shanon Kakungulu, who represented Masaka Municipality in the 6th Parliament on NRM ticket, Ms Salama Nakandi, Bukomansimbi District speaker, and Mr Andrew Mutebi, the youth councillor.
Others are Mr Daniel Ssejoba, a councillor for Lwabenge Sub-county in Kalungu District, Mr Raymond Sserunkuuma, an aspirant for the Masaka Municipality MP seat and Mr George William Bbuye. The political wave also snatched Hajj Musa Mutebi, the FDC chairperson for Lukaya Town council.
The defectors claimed they had successfully lured all their supporters to denounce their former camps and accepted to join the Mbabazi camp.
Dr Kakungulu said he took the decision out of conviction to realise a peaceful transition of power.
“We all need to accept that time for change has come and the best avenue for us to take is to embrace the Go-Forward message. It is true that the President has delivered what he could and it’s high time he gave up leadership for another person to takeover,” he said.
Mr Ssejoba, a political strategist for state minister for Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja, also Kalungu East MP, said he parted ways with his boss after losing hope in having the real problems affecting majority Ugandans addressed by Mr Museveni.
“We have had enough time with President Museveni and he is no longer giving Ugandans any new message of hope, but the usual rhetoric he has preached for decades.”