By Andrew Irumba
Abdu Katuntu, that Member of Parliament for Bugweri county, has revealed that he will not contest for a parliamentary again in 2021, after diligently serving his people for twenty years.
Katuntu, who has been vocal ever since he entered parliament, said Wednesday that; “I am not offering myself as a candidate for the elections as a Member of Parliament for Bugweri county.
I promised my people and the whole country. After 20 years, I think it is time to move on.”
Katuntu, born 12 March 1965, is a Ugandan politician, currently serving as the Member of Parliament for Bugweri County, Bugweri District.
He is a member of Forum for Democratic Change party and serves as Shadow Attorney General in the Parliament of Uganda. He was first elected in 2001.
Katuntu is a practising lawyer, having received an LLB from Makere University and a DIP, LP (LDC) from the Law Development Centre.
He is a former member of the Pan-African Parliament from Uganda and the Rapporteur of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
He narrowly lost his parliamentary seat in the 2006 Ugandan general election to Kirunda Kivejinja but successfully challenged the result, citing widespread malpractices.
The court found that “during the campaign period and on polling day, there was wide-spread intimidation, and torture in Bugweri Constituency”, biasing the result in favour of Kivejinja. Katuntu won the resulting by-election.
In the 2011 general elections, he was re-elected for another term in Parliament and retained the seat again in the 2016 elections