Kabale NRM Party Chairperson Shuns President's Visit

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In her address to Christians at St Augustine Catholic Church on Sunday, Mwesigye said she had reconciled with the Catholic Church, which played a big role in her downfall.

 Hope Mwesigye, the Kabale District NRM Party chairperson has skipped President Yoweri Museveni's visit to Ndorwa East Constituency. Museveni visited Ndorwa East Constituency on Sunday where he commissioned Maziba Wine factory and addressed a public rally at Buhara Play ground in Buhara Sub County.

However, the Kabale NRM Party chairperson and former district woman MP Hope Mwesigye was no show at any of the events. Mwesigye instead attended service at St Augustine Catholic Church in Rwamucuucu Sub County, where she announced her plans to contest the 2016 polls.

The former Agriculture Minister lost her seat in the 2011 general elections when she fell out with the Catholic Church, which wields a lot of influence in the area. Mwesigye clashed with the Church when she told Father Gaetano Batanyenda, the chairman of the Inter-religious Council Kabale to get a life and marry well knowing that Catholic priests are celibate.

In her address to Christians at St Augustine Catholic Church on Sunday, Mwesigye said she had reconciled with the Catholic Church, which played a big role in her downfall. When contacted by URN on why she had skipped the president's visit to the district, Mwesigye said she had opted to attend service at church in her home area.
 
However, her deputy Louis Bazirake will not have any of this. Bazirake accuses the party chairperson of abandoning the party and deliberately shunning the president's visit. During the eighth parliament, Mwesigye was a member of the NRM Party yellow girls.
 
While Mwesigye decided to skip the President's visit, rebel NRM MP Wilfred Niwagaba was in full presence. Niwagaba asked Museveni to fulfill his 2011 campaign pledges to his electorate that include extending electricity to the area, rehabilitation of Maziba and reconstruction of Old Kabale road

Unlike his previous visit to the area where he openly decampaigned the legislator, Museveni asked the local community to handle the politics of their area. To the surprise of the voters, Museveni described Niwagaba as organised.
 
Museveni's change of heart about Niwagaba follows a resolution his voters to front him as an independent. Niwagaba is one of the NRM MPs who were expelled by the NRM central Executive Committee from the party for alleged indiscipline.
 
In his speech Museveni concentrated on the issues of his pending campaign pledges and didn't make any mention of his new rival former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. Museveni told the voters that plans were underway to fulfill all his earlier pledges.