Uganda tourism minister threatens to leave National Resistance Movement


UGANDA (eTN) – After being beaten into a very distant second position by incumbent National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretary general Amama Mbabazi during the recent national elections for NRM party offices, not all was well with tourism minister Kahinda Otafiire.

Embroiled in controversy, once again, over the developments at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the minister last week was found absent from a major event at the Kampala Serena Hotel, when the Serena Group CEO introduced the new general manager and paid tribute to outgoing GM Killian Lugwe, who was at the helm of the hotel for the past 6 ¾ years.

Tongues were wagging why no senior representation from the ministry was visible, only to learn the next day that Otafiire had reportedly threatened to leave the NRM and join another party, should his nomination as candidate in his constituency not be confirmed swiftly – the matter is under petition by his party rival who claimed a range of inconsistencies and irregularities during the process.

The man, who recently made headlines when he claimed he could be a “minister of crocodiles” still seems to be in some distress over his loss at the party elections last month, and with the main election campaign now unfolding progressively towards the end of the February general election, further developments will be watched with keen interest.