Exclusive: Abdu Katuntu says “20 years is good enough”, “retires” from active politics


Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu won't seek fifth term in 2021 polls. Photo by Amusugut Judith.
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The Bugweri County Member of Parliament in Bugweri district has promised to retire from active politics when his political term expires in 2021.

Abdu Katuntu – also the chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises [COASE], has been a Member of Parliament since 2001.

Speaking to mourners at the burial of Esinasi Negesa Nagwomo – mother to Nagwomu Moses Musamba, the Bunyole East MP at Kachonga in Butaleja district on Saturday, Mr. Katuntu says 20 years is enough.

He however says he has not groomed anybody to take over from him.

COASE chairman refers such decision to the electorates to choose for themselves who they want to represent them.

“It’s better for one to serve and leave for others also to take over; five years is too short a time for any leader to make any impact. Twenty [20] years is good enough,” he told mourners who mostly clapped in appreciating him.

Pressed exclusively by our reporter after the burial why he has not groomed anybody to take over, Mr. Katuntu said roughly the same: “Mine is not a monarch. I have not groomed anybody and I will never think of grooming anybody. Let the community identify someone to take over from me.”

“I have been in parliament for four [4] terms and now I call it enough. Otherwise twenty years is good enough,” he repeated his decision.  

Brief about Katuntu.

He was born on 12 March, 1965. In 2001, he was elected as Bugweri County MP on FDC party ticket and later served as Shadow Attorney General in Uganda’s parliament.

Abdu is a Ugandan Lawyer and attained an LLB from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice [Dip. LP] from Law Development Centre.

He was a member of Pan African Parliament from Uganda and a rapporteur of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Katuntu is currently chairing a committee of MPs under COASE who are probing Bank of Uganda dealings into sale of numerous commercial banks, prominent among many, Crane Bank.


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