Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Kabale municipality mayor has dismissed accusations from opposition members that he was “bought off” by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
Mr Byamugisha, a member of the FDC said those claiming he quit the opposition party to join the NRM cannot distinguish between development and politics.
He clarified that his connection with Dr Rugunda has not compromised his political stance, but is only strategically meant to facilitate development in Kabale.
He noted that his friendship with the premier has so far born some fruits, noting for instance that Kabale Municipality was recently included among those to have new markets built by government under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program (MATIP), even though it initially wasn’t on the list.
The multi-million dollar project is supported by Government of Uganda and the African Development Bank.
“Those saying that NRM and Dr Rugunda have bought me are free to believe what they want. In any case, if he bought be and Kabale benefited, that isn’t bad,” he said.
“But deep in my heart I know that is not the case. People need to know that if you are an elected leader and you are disconnected from government, your people lose out. That’s why there is need for separation of politics and development.” remarked the mayor.
Byamugisha says in the next two years he is only concerned about working for the people of Kabale municipality and not politicking.
Until 2016, Byamugisha was the Kabale district FDC Secretary General.
He however contested on an independent ticket for the mayoral seat, beating the incumbent Dr. Pius Ruhemurana, another FDC member who had earlier defeated him in the primaries.
The mayor was on Friday meeting traders, at Kabale central market to update them on the progress of the demolition and reconstruction of the two markets in the municipality.
The construction of the market is expected to commence in December this year and completed within two years
All the traders in the market were assured of stalls in the new market.