By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
The Minister for Labour, Gender and Social Development Hon. Frank Kagyigi Tumwebaze, has shocked the nation after he asserted that he has more enemies in his party the National Resistance Movement (NRM), than in opposition parties.
A well-placed Mole within Tumwebaze’s camp told ExposedUganda.com last evening that she was shocked to hear those words from the Minister when she recently eavesdropped a conversation between him and a small group of acquaintances.
The Kibale East Member of Parliament might have managed to play a few smart games and defeat a moneyed rival who was partly being funded by a powerful minister from western Uganda but that doesn’t mean he is sitting on his laurels waiting for an easy victory.
Tumwebaze, well aware that some of his enemies in government wouldn’t want to see him back on cabinet, seems not to be ready to leave any stone unturned in effort to retain his seat.
He is bound to face George Atuhaire, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) flag bearer and son of a prominent bush war hero.
Although Atuhaire, who contested against the long serving minister in the 2016 election is seen by observers as an underdog compared to the moneyed Tumwebaze, opposition-leaning supporters and NRM moderates our reporter talked to insist he has a chance of defying the odds and defeating the minister.
This is because he is seen as a more approachable politician compared to Tumwebaze, who has a long history of inviting his campaign managers at home and sending them out to the field to campaign for him as he relaxes in his sofas.
Early this week our reporter learnt that Atuhaire, a lawyer and former aide of ANT’s presidential candidate Rtd. Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, is set to receive Shs35 million just like other MP flagbearers for all political parties, which he will use for his campaigns.
Moles say he has also been getting tiny and generous donations from relatives, friends, and even members of other opposition parties who are eager to see the very loaded Minister out of Parliament.
Watch this space!
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