By Wilson Asiimwe
There was excitement and jubilation in Kasese today after former Busongora County MP, who is also Rwenzurur kingdom's chief prince Christopher Kibanzanga crossed from the Forum for Democratic Change to the National resistance Movement.
Bodaboda cyclists rode through the streets of Kasese town as they sang praise to Kibanzanga and NRM. Kibanzanga has been instrumental in the FDC party since its formation in 2005.
“He is welcome to the NRM party we shall work with him and am very happy that his crossing is timely because it is going to help the NRM consolidate its support ahead of the general elections, “said Israel Masereka, the chairman NRM Kasese municipality.
Kibanzanga’s exit is a big blow to the FDC party which has been enjoying a lot of support in Kasese district since he has been the leading mobilizer in the district.
The NRM vice chairman for Kasese district Abdul Kaluma Matovu said that Kibanzanga’s move to join the NRM is a clear manifestation that FDC is losing directions in Kasese.
Isima Nyakahuma, an FDC supporter in Kasese town said although Kibanzanga used to be the king maker in Kasese, he had been weakened.
“Kibanzanga’s exit cannot be felt,” said Nyakahuma.
Kibanzanga took an oath of allegiance to the NRM party on August 31 2015 during a meeting between cultural leaders from Rwenzururu and Obudhingiya bwa Bamba and before President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe.
Kibanzanga played a pivotal role in ensuring that peace and calm returned to the Rwenzori region after the July 2014 attacks in Kasese and Bundibugyo.
He negotiated the amnesty for the people who attacked and chaired the peace and reconciliation committee that was tasked to ensure peace and stability in the region.
In 2011, Kibanzanga left Busongora South constituency MP seat and went for the district LC 5 seat, which he lost to the incumbent Mawa Muhindo.
He later sued Muhindo and the Electoral Commission, challenging the results, but the High Court dismissed his case and he was ordered to pay costs and damages to Muhindo. He has reportedly not paid the sh20m court awarded Muhindo.