The State minister for Bunyoro Affairs and Member of Parliament Masindi Municipality, Mr Ernest Kiiza, has declared a war against State House.
The minister has decided to drag to court senior presidential pilot, Lt. Gen. Ali Kiiza, also the senior presidential advisor on air force and owner of the Masindi based radio station, Radio Kitara (Masindi Broadcasting Service).
The minister took action against radio Kitara for giving space to his voters to discuss his performance in Parliament.
This follows publications of a Han Sad report by the print media where Mr Kiiza scored zero, according to the rankings.
Mr Kiiza developed political pressure after one of his trusted voters, Mr Rodgers Kanti likened him to a stupid pupil in class who cannot be tolerated in school after getting zeros.
Kiiza’s pressure also increased after Kanti started mobilising the electorates for signatures to recall him from Parliament.
Mr Kiiza says Radio Kitara is trying to antagonize his much treasured political office as an MP and minister.
He decided to hire the services of Zemei, Aber law chambers and sued the two.
However, his action could cost Kiiza politically because it has generated a lot of debate in his constituency.
Majority of the political leaders in Masindi described the minister as “politically young”.
They laughed at him for digging himself a grave by trying to open a war with media which he cannot sustain.
Ernest Kiiza’s woes
Mr Ernest Kiiza’s problems could have started around February this year when fellow Members of Parliament from Bunyoro region ejected him from the Bunyoro parliamentary caucus chairpersonship, accusing him of incompetence.
Kiiza runs a ministry without a budget meaning he has to dig deep into his business empire and could cost him in case he is not re-elected.
“You cannot manage Ernest’s office when you are poor; the man just spends his own money because he has no budget. He is just in the office for the sake,” one of his campaigners was overheard saying.
This implies that Mr Kiiza, who crossed from the reform agenda could be regretting as to why he joined NRM party, where he has no opportunity to express himself because he is not yet fully established in the party.
This could be one of the reasons he is failing to represent his electorates effectively.