By Mike Ssegawa
There’s a man in Busoga called Isaac Musumba. He was a minister, before he lost his shine, to take a backseat in the affairs of running Uganda. But before he did that, in April 2013, he was arrested in india over extortion.
As we talk about a minister who was involved in bribery allegations of a mere sh30 million, Isaac Musumba broke that record ling ago when he was held in India over sh53 billion extortion. He has been silent ever since, that we didn’t even realize when and how Indian authorities released him to return home.
Isaac bounced back in the news this week for making a fool of himself when he turned guns on his wife Salaamu who’s vying for Kamuli municipality MP seat. He heaped praises on the incumbent Hajat Wetongola and threw his wife’s credentials into a dustbin.
Now, Isaac has a right to belong to any political party he wants. That’s his constitutional right. It’s however out of this planet, for an upright husband to throw mud at his wife, a mother of his children in such a hotly contested election.
Many voices have come out to counsel that Musumba should have declared his conflict of interest and stayed out of the elections, but that can happen to a person with dignity and self respect. Musumba failed the test. For him, showmanship and political relevancy are more important to him than marriage, family and honour.
As Kamuli decides today to pick its MP, my sympathies are with Musumba family that’s possibly feeling a sense of betrayal by their protector.
For all reasonable people observing Mr Musumba, it left so little to their imagination that maybe the former minister needs to check into a rehab.
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