Balaam Claims Defection of 8 NUP Councillors from Masaka – The Ankole Times

Balaam Claims Defection of 8 NUP Councillors from Masaka

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
PHOTO -- X/Balaam Barugahare Ateenyi
Ibrahim Jjunju
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Balaam Barugahare Ateenyi, Vice Chairman for the Western Region of the Patritic League of Uganda (PLU), has made a significant claim regarding the defection of National Unity Platform (NUP) councillors in Masaka. Taking to Twitter, Ateenyi shared images purportedly showcasing the allegiance shift, emphasizing the PLU’s endeavor to secure Greater Masaka for Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the leader of the PLU.

In a statement posted on social media, Ateenyi detailed a visit to the NUP offices in Masaka City, accompanied by Mr. Frank Gashumba and other colleagues. During this visit, Ateenyi asserts that over eight opposition NUP councillors officially joined the PLU. The alleged defectors are reported to be led by:

Name Position Ward/Area
Dr. Katerega Ali Councillor Kimanya Kabonero
Nangonzi Harriet Councillor Kyabakuza
Nalutaya Franklin Councillor Senya
Ndibalekere Josephine Councillor Kitanga
Nalika Maria Councillor Butare
Nangendo Latif Councillor Kiterede
Nasoolo Harriet Councillor Butego
Kato Robert Councillor Kijjabwemi


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The reported defection of these councillors marks a notable development in the political landscape of Masaka. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that these claims have yet to be independently verified. Both the NUP and PLU have not issued official statements regarding this alleged switch in allegiance.

The significance of this purported defection lies in the potential impact on the upcoming political events and the balance of power within Masaka. Should these claims hold true, it could signal a shift in support towards the PLU in the region, potentially influencing future electoral outcomes.

It’s crucial to approach these claims with caution, considering the inherent complexities and nuances of political allegiances. Independent verification and confirmation from both involved parties are necessary to ascertain the validity of the reported defection.

As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how this alleged defection will shape the political landscape of Masaka and broader implications for Ugandan politics.

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