Agago North MP Prof Morris Ogenga-Latigo says he is quitting the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to contest for the parliamentary seat as an independent candidate.
Latigo, also the former leader of opposition in parliament (LoP) says that political parties have since ceased to serve their purpose in Uganda's political space.
Although he has been closely associated with the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) led by Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, Latigo says that nature and politics involving political parties have been very disappointing. Latigo added that he doesn't want to join any political party yet.
“I am not joining any party, I prefer to serve the country at my own merit. I think there is no party I can join as most of them don’t serve any purpose... See what is happening in these parties, the fighting; very shameful for some of us who look at the bigger picture for this country,” he added.
He said that it was equally shameful to be an MP considering the parliament and the manner in which parliamentary business is run. Latigo said that although he was being pursued by political parties to join them, he thinks it cannot happen since it won't change a thing.
URN has learnt that DP was trying to persuade some MPs from Acholi including Latigo to join the party. Latigo was a member of DP before joining the FDC in 2006.
“I was asked if I was going back to FDC, and I said I didn’t want to use a bad word to describe how I felt, but political parties stink. When they asked me while I was still here, I said you do not let flies sit on the wound,” he added.
He joins many other MPs who are crossing over from one party to another or choosing to remain as an independent as the term for this parliament comes to an end. Latigo will be facing former MP Amos Okot who is plotting a comeback.
Some FDC MPs have joined ANT and over 11 from DP have joined the National Unity Platform, a new political party led by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.