Murmurs As FDC’s Jack Sabiiti Represents PM Rugunda at Function

hospital medical ‘sans-serif’;”>Abbey Bagalana is the new champion of the Eskom annual Jinja golf tournament.

Bagalana pipped last year’s champion, Ronald Otile by three points to win the gross and pros category by 145.

‘Master’ Otile tied with Herman Mutebi, both garnering 148 points after finishing all the 36 courses.

“I am happy to win this year’s prize because I also trained hard to reach here. I am aware of the challenge ahead but it’s not time to celebrate but to begin serious preparations for upcoming tournaments,” Bagalana told ChimpSport in Jinja.

Just like Otile, Bagalana will be awarded a full year sponsorship to tours around the region on top of a full golf kit.

Eskom sponsored the event to a tune of Shs 100m.

The 18-hole amateur category is currently taking place. 

Prime Minister Dr David Ruhakana Rugunda has described the fallen former Rukiga County chief James Katabazi Mitabiro as an educationist that Kabale district and the country would greatly miss.

Katabazi passed away early this week in Kampala after battling hypertension and high blood pressure.

He was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Rushebeya Mparo Rwamucucu Sub County Kabale district and survived by a widow Florence Batabara Katabazi and 17 children.

Dr. Rugunda at the service was represented by Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] former Treasurer Hon. Jack Saabiiti.

The deceased was survived by 17 children
The deceased was survived by 17 children

Sabiiti is the area [Rukiga County] Member of Parliament and was recently elected the FDC district treasurer for Kabale in the just concluded party grassroots elections.

In his message, look the Prime Minister said the country had lost a great educationist and a personal.

The announcement that Sabiiti was representing Hon Rugunda an NRM leader raised eyebrows as some mourners murmured about the former’s commitment to his opposition party.

Sabiiti enthusiasm for his party observably dwindled since 2012 when Gen Mugisha Muntu was elected President of FDC. Indeed 2014 he resigned his position as the party secretary General.


In April this year, stuff Prime Minister Rugunda was reported wooing Jack Sabiiti to join the ruling NRM party.

“There is a step which Hon Sabiiti needs to take; to come back to the party that is supported overwhelmingly by the majority of the people of Rukiga County, shop NRM,” Rugunda said during a fundraising event at Kamwezi Catholic Church in Rukiga County.

The Premier was today not available for a comment. But when we reached his Communications assistant Mr Julius Musinguzi, he did confirm that Sabiiti was represented the Prime Minister.

“Yes, it is true he read his eulogy at the service. Jack Sabiiti is not only the area MP, but a respected local leader as well. There is nothing wrong with him representing the Prime Minister,” said Mucunguzi.

Lt.Col. Anthony Kyakabale [L] with other mourners at the burial
Lt.Col. Anthony Kyakabale [L] with other mourners at the burial
Meanwhile there was excitement the burial function, when Sabiiti introduced Lt. Col. Anthony Kyakabaale the former UPDF fugitive who recently returned from exile after being pardoned by the President.

Kyakabale was among the leaders of the rebel group Peoples Redemption Army which was quelled by the UPDF in the Democratic Republic of Congo, before he fled to Sweden where he lived for more than a decade.


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