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Tycoon Garuga on Why He Left FDC

Dr James Musinguzi Garuga speaking at the graduation ceremony
Dr James Musinguzi Garuga speaking at the graduation ceremony

Business mogul Dr James Musinguzi Garuga has revealed that no one compelled him to quit the opposition Forum for Democratic Change and subsequently national politics.

Garuga said Friday that he decided to leave the opposition party in order to focus on development of himself and his community.

He said he wanted to become a developmental politician and a missionary in the Kigezi sub region.

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archbishop Stanley Ntagali with Dr James Garuga

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali with Dr James Garuga

“In 2008 I left politics and came back home in Kigezi and became a development politician. I wanted to see to it that people get out of poverty saying. People were saying that poverty in the Kigezi is by choice because it is one of the most endowed,” he said.

President Yoweri Museveni had earlier claimed that he was the one who pulled the tycoon out of FDC and stopped him from supporting Col Dr Kizza Besigye.

Garuga made the response on Friday while speaking at the guest of honour at the 18th graduation ceremony of Uganda Christian University at Bishop Bahram University College, Kabale where 564 students were awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Some of the graduates

Some of the graduates

Bishop Bahram University College is a constituent college of Uganda Christian University and its programmes are identical with those at the main campus in Mukono.

At the event, Garuga blamed the increased unemployment on the young people despising jobs.

He said he has formed Kigezi Development Forum as a way of fighting and eradicating poverty, adding that the International Community of the Banyakigezi (ICOB), all the years it has been in operation has done nothing for the people of Kigezi.

The tycoon donated 100 million shillings to Bishop Bahram University College to help in its development and also gave 12 scholarships to needy but bright students at the university.

Among those that graduated was the Kisoro district speaker Amos Hakizimana and Fred Twinobusngye the regional manager of DFCU bank.


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