Word reaching our desk indicates that Former Uganda Ambassador to Japan, Wasswa Birigwa has crossed from the ruling NRM party to Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC].
This follows years of needling from opposition leaders and especially Buganda Kingdom Activists, that the former ambassador’s full potentials would better be realized on an opposition platform.
Besides Japan, Mr Birigwa also served as Uganda’s envoy in Ethiopia and South Africa.
A formerly unsuccessful contestant for the Kampala Mayoral seat, Mr Birigwa had for years languished in the shadows of active politics, much to the dismay of his devotees.
Today afternoon however, he crossed to the leading opposition party, in Kampala.
Sources say he was received by FDC’s Ag. Party Chairperson Mrs. Joyce Nabbosa Ssebuggwawo, and Former Buganda Minister Sewava Serubiri.
FDC spokesperson Mr John Kikonyogo, told us that Birigwa cross over at a meeting held by the party officials in Nansana.
The blissful FDC officials also handed him two official FDC cards; the ordinary one at Sh 1000, and the platinum one which he bought at Sh 1,000,000.
The goodwill between Mr Birigwa and President Museveni had remained a thorn in the opposition’s flesh, with some alleging that his ambassadorial appointments were “Bribes” from the president.
As an envoy, the Birigwa is recognized for his tirelessly efforts to solicit for funding for his home country’s development programs especially in the area of infrastructure.
His admission at a financially stripped FDC will not be taken for granted: Mr Biriggwa is a known affluent man.
He is the former CEO of Celtel Uganda [Now Airtel], which for most of the late 1990s remained the country’s sole operator of the mobile telephones in Uganda
Through these years, Wasswa Birigwa was regarded as the mobile telephone revolutionary and a big asset to Buganda and Uganda.