In what one would describe as friends now turned rivals, there is bad blood boiling between Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Kampala central MP Muhammad Nsereko.
The two have been trading insulting in the media with each blaming the others for their woes.
In a televised interview aired on NBS TV recently, Nsereko accused MP Nganda and the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in general of trying to sabotage him.
It all started when members of the Jobless Brotherhood dumped 10yellow and blue paited piglets at parliament in protest against MPs Shs200m cars they each plan to acquire.
All the piglets were branded MPs’ names including that of Nsereko who’s a Muslim by faith.
The demonstration was intended to portray the MPs as greedy.
While appearing on NBS TV on September 19, Nsereko accused Besigye and Ssemujju of using the jobless youth protestors.
“This is not new in Parliament. These are young men being given ‘something’. My immediate reaction was, ‘ohh, I saw this coming’. Pigs were thrown in front of Prophet Muhammad’s house several times.
All this is happening because I didn’t support defiance. Most bloggers writing about me are Besigye apologists. They are just being used by Besigye,” he said.
However, Ssemujju in his response said Nsereko is too small to be the subject of his talk or FDC party as a whole.
Ssemujju refuted Nsereko claims saying he’s a beneficiary of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
“If he invited a battle against FDC or FDC leaders then he will find it bad for himself. Nsereko is a beneficiary of this government. He has never participated in any defiance activities. We are angry with anyone misrepresenting our cause. The young people who took pigs to Parliament were never sanctioned by anyone at FDC. But they have a right to protest,” said Ssemujju.
With the bad blood boiling between the two, it’s hard to imagine they were once political friends, with Nsereko pulling out of the NRM party and being labeled as a rebel MP.