Leaders of the troubled Democratic Party (DP) are pleading with Kyotera Woman MP, Robina Nakasirye Ssentongo to reconsider her decision to quit the party in preference of presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s people power group.
Ssentongo met her political mobilization teams on Friday at Matale in Kyotera Town Council and told them that she will not seek re-election under DP, the party on which she rode to Parliament three years ago.
Her disinterest in the DP flag for the Kyotera Woman parliamentary seat stems from what she termed as the party leadership’s negativity to her contribution to the party but instead chose to insult her.
Ssentongo further told her mobilisers about her disappointment with the party leadership that she accuses of being focused on promoting disunity in the party.
“I had earlier expressed interests in holding the party ticket again, but to my disappointment, before even my application was considered by the Secretary-General, then I received disturbing insults from the President General who described me as a useless fellow. That was shocking, I had to reconsider my loyalty to them,” she said.
Ssentongo added that after wide consultation both within and outside the DP party structures, she is convinced that her decision is not misguided.
Ssentongo becomes the last of the six incumbent DP MPs from the Masaka sub-region to exit Uganda’s oldest political party to join their Kyadondo East counterpart Robert Kyagulanyi’s formation.
While her colleagues notably, Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka Municipality), Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu (Kalungu West), Florence Namayanja (Bukoto East) and Veronica Nanyondo (Bukomansimbi Woman) have declared readiness to join Kyagulanyi’s National Unity Platform (NUP), Ssentongo said that she is contemplating the possibility of fully joining NUP.
She however hastened to add that she would be bound by the decision of her colleagues under the DP bloc.
Dick Lukyamuzi Ssenyondo, the Masaka regional representative on the DP National Executive Council (NEC) has sent her a message, pleading with her to reconsider the decision, promising to mediate between her and DP president Norbert Mao. He indicated that the party is largely dependent on her potential to retain the parliamentary position in Kyotera.