Battle of wits, Olanya Vs Ssemujju over committee appointment


A verbal confrontation has ensued on parliament between Kilak South County MP Gilbert Olanya of FDC and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, FDC party whip in Parliament.

This battle of wits was a result of MP Olanya being appointed to the committee of HIV/AIDs by MP Ssemujju which he did not take well as he was displeased with the decision passed by his party’s parliamentary whip.

Subsequently, Olanya resorted to verbally attacking Ssemujju which resorted into a full-blown argument between the two that are supposed to work hand in hand as members of one of the country’s leading opposition parties.

However, this is not the first time the two are clashing as, during the Speaker of Parliament race, both had expressed their interest to run for office under the FDC ticket, until it was later decided that Ssemujju Nganda would be FDC’s flag bearer.

It is such conflicts within the party that have seen it drop from being the leading opposition party handling over the place to Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s newly born National Unity Platform.

Former party president Mugisha Muntu departed the party only to form his own Alliance for National Transformation and was soon joined by Winnie Kizza who under FDC had served as the leader of opposition.

Also, the acting party president during the 2021 General Elections Madam Ssebugwawo crossed over to ruling NRM party after being given a ministerial position as Minister of State for ICT.

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In her defense, although she loves FDC enormously, God spoke to her and asked her to join NRM which she surely could not resist.

The situation in Uganda’s currently leading opposition party National Unity Platform is no different as during the appointment of their representative to the Chairperson race for the Buganda constituencies legislators, when Mwanga Kivumbi was selected, Betty Nambooze disagreed and angrily stormed out of the meeting.

Such is the cancer eating up Uganda’s opposition, no wonder they lack the capacity to out compete the leading party and for long have been lagging far behind.

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