Former Mukono south member of parliament, Rev Dr Peter Bakaluba Mukasa, has quit the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) and joined opposition’s Democratic Party (DP) and Bobi Wine’s People Power pressure group.
“Am now a member of the DP and People Power and a staunch supporter of change. It is true I have been in NRM and just like how my friend Nambooze (MP) said recently when we were in Seeta that time comes and one leaves the bus, I also come out of it at this stage after realising that its driver drives us badly,” he said.
He announced his defection through an audio recording that has bee circulating on social media. On contacting him, the former legislator confirmed to SoftPower News that the recording was indeed genuine.
“That is not enough, even the conductors of the bus handle ruthlessly yet even those who keep our luggage in the bus are equally rude, and that has prompted us to quit the bus in broad day light years to the general elections,” he added.
He said he has crossed to the DP not because of excitement about Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, but instead he has realised that the NRM government has not performed enough for the people of Uganda.
“I ask you to accept me the way I am, and don’t judge me. You forgive me on whatever didn’t not go on well, but i am known for fulfilling all I decide to do, and thus ask for your cooperation so as we can work together to build our party in Mukono district,” Mukasa said.
Bakaluba who lost his Parliamentary seat in 2016 to Muyanja Ssenyonga, is targeting unseating Andrew Ssenyonga from the Mukono District Chairmanship in the 2021 general elections.
In 2018, he went to Japan for one year, a move interpreted by many as a strategy to lure international partners to support his political career.
On return, he publicly said that he will stand for the district chairmanship saying that this will help him to revive the glory of the district which he says has been sinking at the hand of careless politicians.
He now says it is time for the opposition to sweep the ruling NRM out of Mukono district now that he offers to champion efforts to popularize the opposition parties in the area.
Formerly at radio Simba as a talkshow host, Bakaluba joined NRM in 2016 when his then party, DP denied him the party flag.
NRM has not come out to comment on the matter and our efforts to reach the party’s publicist, Rogers Mulindwa have been futile since he could not pick our telephone calls.