Former minister and law maker Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere is in a bitter fight with Louis Mbwatekamwa Gaffa for the Igara West parliamentary seat.
Kabwegyere who has been out of Parliament for 10 years wants to return as an independent MP but is facing a tough challenge from the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party’s Mbwatekamwa whom he is accusing of attacking his campaign agents.
Kabwegyere’s claims come a few days following the release of his two agents who were allegedly arrested on orders of Mbwatekamwa, the sitting Kasambya MP.
According to Prof. Kabwegyere, Mbwatekamwa’s agents raided his campaign office and covered it with the posters of his rival. This prompted Kabwegyere’s agent to tear the posters, which didn’t go down well with Mbwatekamwa’s team.
They reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of two of his agents, who spent several days in detention.
One of those arrested has been identified as John Tumwiine, the political assistant of Kabwegyere in Greater Kyamuhunga. Kabwegyere has asked Mbwatekamwa to quit the race if he is scared of fair competition instead of engaging in the politics of malice.
“I told Mbwatekamwa that that’s not the way of looking for votes if he is fearing let him withdraw from the race, how can you attack my agents at my own office?” Kabwegyere wondered.
Tumwiine claims that Mbwatekamwa had earlier on sent his agents to bribe him to join their side in vain.
“They sent their sister Ketty to buy me I refused, they tried again I refused and I think that’s their next step they decided to arrest me by attacking our office”, Tumwiine said.
Mbwatekamwa has not yet commented as he couldn’t be reached by our reporter on his mobile numbers.
Mbwatekamwa who first identified himself with Robert Kyagulanyi’s People Power movement, relocated from Kasambya (Mubende district) to Igara West (Bushenyi district) to “punish” Local Government minister, Raphael Magyezi, for sponsoring a constitutional amendment bill that led to the deletion of age limits for presidential contenders.
Magyezi did not seek re-election leaving . Mbwatekamwa to narrowly defeat Kabwegyere in the NRM primaries. Other contenders are FDC’s youthful, Brian Katana and NUP’s Juma Nayebare Kadiisi.