By Markson Omagor
The Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Kassiano Wadri yesterday officially crossed to General Muntu’s ANT describing the People Power Pressure Group that brought him to parliament as a mere slogan.
“People Power is operationalisation of Article One of the Constitution that says power belongs to the people, it is the same as saying ‘togikwatako (don’t tamper with the Constitution)’. I consider it a slogan,” Mr Wadri said.
The Arua Municipality MP, also founding member of FDC, fell out with the Najjanankumbi-based party during the 2015 primaries for Members of Parliament, which saw him contest as an Independent for Terego County.
However, he lost to the current MP, Mr Moses Angundru. He later crossed to Arua Municipality in a by-election in 2018 following the death of former MP Ibrahim Abiriga.
In that election, Wadri stood against an FDC candidate and was largely helped to win by Kyandondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine.
The elections saw Bobi Wine, Hon Francis Zaake of Mityana Municipality tortured and arrested. Other MPs arrested include Gerald Karuhanga of Ntungamo, Paul Mwiiru of Jinja East and Arua MP-elect Kassiano Wadri. The lawmakers were arrested with 30 others over chaos in the election.
The arrests were effected in the evening as supporters of different candidates retired to their different offices in Arua Town after a hectic day of final campaigns.
He is now the third sitting MP to switch camp to ANT, a self-confessed value-based party, after Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) and Paul Mwiru (Jinja East).
Wadri also revealed the second reason why he opted for ANT instead of Bobi Wine’s NUP.
The MP said his choice of ANT was informed by the fact that the party is premised on core values and not emotions. In other words Wadri seemed to suggest that the Bobi Wine’s are driven by emotions and not principles.
Thirdly, Wadri in his own words is a longtime friend of General Muntu. His acquaintance with Gen. Muntu dates back to June 1978 when they joined Makerere University and shortly landed in jail for opposing Milton Obote’s regime.
He said his decision to join ANT was reached during consultations in the initial stages of the formation of the party.