Bugweri County Member of Parliament Hon Abdu Katuntu has confirmed he is leaving the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), a party he helped create over 15 years ago.
Katuntu said on the Capital Gang show this morning, that he had decided to “close the FDC chapter,” but gave no further explanation,
“I did not pick up nomination forms for the Forum for Democratic Change and I have no intention of doing so even if the process was to be reopened,” Katuntu said.
“For me it is a closed chapter between me and FDC.”
The 55-year-old however, seemed to walk back his earlier announcement that he was quitting elective politics altogether.
When asked on the show whether or not he would contest for parliament next year, Katuntu was indecisive.
” That decision has not been taken as yet,” he said. “I am taking that decision after discussion with many of my political colleagues.”
In January last year, Katuntu announced that he would not be seeking reelection as the Bugweri representative in parliament.
“I’m tired of being voted for and I’m no longer interested. Somebody else should take the mantle from me to lead the people of Bugweri. The four times I have been voted for are good enough and I call it quits,” Katuntu was quoted by the Daily Monitor.
Hon Katuntu had not been at the best of terms with the FDC establishment for years.
From the onset, he opposed Col Dr Kizza Besigye when the latter sought to push civil disobedience against President Yoweri Museveni’s NRM Government.
“I do not believe in defiance strategy and I do not support it,” said Katuntu shortly after the 2016 elections. “You do not influence decisions of the government by throwing stones at them,” said the MP.
His comfort in the opposition continued to dwindle following the election of Hon Patrick Amuriat Oboi as the FDC President, and his fate appeared to have been sealed when he was kicked out by Oboi as the Chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) in parliament in August 2018.
Katuntu described his replacement with Hon Mubarak Munyagwa as a “purge” and said he would be contemplating his next move.