Arua Municipality MP, Kassiano Wadri says that he remains a strong supporter of People Power, despite joining the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party.
Kassiano last week crossed to ANT and was welcomed into the party by the founder and former FDC party President Mugisha Muntu.
Speaking after he was unveiled, Wadri said that since he played a part in the initial stages when ANT was being formed, he could not miss being a registered member of the party.
However, while addressing the media at his home in Arua Central Division on Wednesday, Kassiano said that he will always remain a strong supporter of the people power group led by Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
“There have been a lot of talk going on that Wadri has betrayed Kyagulanyi because Kyagulanyi came here, campaigned for him, even his driver [Yasin Kawuma] was killed; I want to tell you this, have not abandoned Kyagulanyi, you can see even with my members here, and my mask; I am still a member of the People Power pressure group, I am its coordinator in West Nile,” Wadri said.
This, he said, does not however stop him from holding ANT’s parliamentary flag in Arua Central at next year’s elections.
Wadri was in 2018 elected the MP Arua Municipality in a by-election following the death of Ibrahim Abiringa.
However, chaos dominated the last day of campaigns leading to the arrest of several members of the opposition.
The arrested individuals, led by Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, were accused of obstructing President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade and pelting stones that smashed the windscreen of one of the vehicles in the convoy. The President was in Arua to campaign for Nusura Tiperu, a candidate of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
Yasin Kawuma, a driver, was shot dead while the arrested individuals were charged with treason.
The ANT coordinator Arua City Nesmah Ocokoru says that Wadri’s crossing will not only increase support for the party but also enhance the people power pressure on the government in the entire West Nile.
A section of Wadri’s supporters in Arua Central Division expressed excitement. about his crossing to ANT. They however tasked him to ensure the issues affecting the people of Arua Central division are incorporated into the ANT manifesto.