Former Uganda Revenue Authority Customs Commissioner Dicksons Kateshumbwa has confirmed he will be seeking to join parliament in next year’s general elections.
Kateshumbwa, who was compelled to resign from the tax body just over two weeks ago, told ChimpReports he intends to seek election to represent the people of the newly created Sheema Municipality in western Uganda.
The parliamentary seat is currently held by Science and Technology Minister Elioda Tumwesigye.
Tumwesigye in July 2018 controversially abandoned his Sheema North seat mid-term to stand for Sheema Municipality. He narrowly won the seat, beating the FDC candidate by just over 2000 votes.
Speaking to ChimpReports on Tuesday, Kateshumbwa said he wanted to come in to fix what he termed as problems in his home town.
“I have been nursing this for a long time. Sheema has problems; there have been problems in our party and I think this is the right time to come in,” he said.
Asked whether he would manage the race against minister with no political background, Kateshumbwa said he has had enough exposure to politics in the past.
“I have been a leader; I was the head boy at Ntare School. I also went through elections in Brussels,” he added referring to last year’s polls in which he was elected Chairperson of the World Customs Organization.
“I defeated Russia in that contest. Isn’t that politics?”
Late last month, Kateshumbwa resigned as the Commissioner Customs at URA. This came just months after the sacking of the tax collection body’s Commissioner General Doris Akol earlier this year.
He had served at URA for over 14 years.
Speaking about his unceremonious departure, Kateshumbwa said he decided to resign to “avoid an ugly fight with the mafia.”
“I hear the mafia has been using online news sites to spread lies that I was fired. I just left because I didn’t want to fight,” he said.