Lands minister, Daudi Migereko, says he has quit elective politics after being defeated in the concluded ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party parliamentary primaries.
Migereko was humiliated by Pastor Nelson Lufafa losing the Butembe County seat.
It is said that the shocked Jinja District NRM office administrator, Michael Kasedde, and the registrar, Paul Kiwanuka, at first decided not to announce Migereko’s loss but his rival’s supporters threatened chaos.
The minister managed a miserable 8,128 votes while the man of God picked a juicy 12,945 votes.
In a statement issued Thursday evening, Migereko thanked the NRM party chairman and president, Yoweri Museveni, for the support he has extended to him and the people of Butembe constituency during his tenure.
“I would like to take this opportunity to profoundly thank my entire team and all of my supporters for the tireless effort they have put into the just concluded National Resistance Movement (NRM) primary elections,” he said.
“Although I have very strong reservations about the outcome of the elections, I don’t intend to challenge them formally,” the minister noted, clarifying, “Infact, I will be leaving elective politics.”
He said the people of Butembe voted for him to represent them in parliament almost two decades ago.
“I do not take your unwavering support for granted. I thank you very much for your love and trust. I have worked very hard to live up to your faith in me, and to bring the desired transformation to our community.”
He continued: “I have enjoyed every bit of it and serving you has been a very humbling experience.”
Migereko further thanked his team and the supporters who have contributed to developing the constituency and campaigns, saying they have his deepest gratitude and should feel nothing but pride.
“I encourage you all to re-channel your efforts toward the continued development of the constituency, the region and the country.”
“I will continue to serve my constituents, NRM and country diligently for the remainder of my term in office. Thereafter, I tend to focus my time with the family, business and development issues in other capacities.”
He added: “I am deeply appreciative of the sacrifices my family has made over the years to permit me to devote my undivided attention to serving the people of Butembe, the NRM government, President Museveni and the Country.”
The decision by Migereko to quit politics comes on the same day the NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, warned that those who lost and dare go independent will be expelled from the ruling party.