KAMPALA, (UG): Kira Municipality MP Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda who also doubles as the spokesperson of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has fired back at Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi who Monday dismissed him as the party Whip in Parliament.
The news of Ssemujju’s sacking went viral Tuesday morning after a letter signed by Nandala addressing it to the Speaker of Parliament showed that Ssemujju had been sacked from the party chief whip position over undisclosed reasons.
Nandala went ahead and replaced Ssemujju with Hon Yusuf Nsimbambi, the Member of Parliament for Mawokota South constituency.
In response this morning, the soft-spoken Ssemujju, a critic of the party’s current leadership headed by Patrick Oboi Amuriat says there is nothing much in being the FDC Whip in Parliament.
“This was just a matter of time because, in our earlier meeting with Amuriat, he told the FDC MPs that Ssemujju was talking too much and he was causing you other MPs problems,” he revealed.
Ssemujju goes ahead to claim that Amuriat and Nandala are working under intense pressure and orders of the President to silence him.
“It’s just given that Museveni would tell him that, please, I no longer want Ssemujju; he is causing me too much trouble.”
“In fact, I was waiting for this. First of all, I was elected by the FDC National Executive Committee. Amuriat and Nandala have no right to sack me like they are purporting. If they want it so much, I will give it to them. They didn’t even have to sack me like they are purporting because my major responsibility is to represent the people of Kira Municipality. They were already uncomfortable,” he said.
He further added; “And by the way, it started much earlier, even before the elections. Amuriat has been so incompetent that he even fears competition from his own people. I think now he will become a very big leader now that Ssemujju, who has been disturbing him, is no longer the whip, and I congratulate him.”
Ssemujju’s dismissal comes at a time when the once biggest opposition political party is at loggerheads over internal fights surrounding allegations of “dirty money” from the ruling government.
The fights started when Ssemujju, who also doubles as the party spokesperson accused Mafabi and the party president Mr. Patrick Amuriat of picking money from President Museveni to fund their 2021 campaigns.