Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) member, Hon. Christopher Kibanzanga, has sworn an oath of allegiance to the ruling party, NRM.
Pictures from State House show the former Busongora South legislator taking oath in presence of President Yoweri Museveni.
Also present is the NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba.
The circumstances of Kibazanga’s defection are still unknown.
The last time Kibazanga appeared in news was when FDC diehards were launching a campaign to clear the heavily indebted politician.
Kasese FDC leaders led by the Acting General Secretary, Flavia Masika, in 2013 launched a campaign to raise over Shs26m that Kibanzanga owed Kasese district chairman Lt. Col. Dura Mawa Muhindo.
The money accrued from court costs following the withdrawal of a court petition challenging the election of Lt. Col Dura Mawa to the office of District Chairman.
The two rivaled for the seat in the 2011 general election prompting Kibanzanga to petition the High Court only to withdraw the petition reportedly on request by Rwenzururu Kingdom elders after 24 hours.
But Col. Mawa went ahead to ask court to order him pay costs for the resources he had spent on hiring lawyers to prepare the defense.
Kibazanga who is a Chief Prince of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu was also arrested by court bailiffs in Fort Portal.
It is believed financial constraints forced Kibazanga to cross to the ruling party that has enough resources.
FDC defectors threaten to return home
Meanwhile, more than 150 former FDC members in Ibanda district are threatening to quit the ruling party for alleged failure to fulfill its pledge to reward them.
According to URN, the former FDC party members from Nsasi sub county crossed to NRM in 2014.
According to the defectors, the Ibanda District NRM party leadership promised to give them Shillings 5 million each.
However, the group leader Gumisiriza Babikunya, the former Nsasi parish councilor says they have patiently waited for their package in vain.
In an August 29th petition to Robert Rutehenda Bonga, the Ibanda District NRM party chairperson and RDC Eliasto Akatuhebwa, the group asks the party leadership to fulfill its pledges as soon as possible or else they make a “U” turn and return to FDC.