abdu katuntu
Abdu Katuntu

Who is Abdu Katuntu? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, wife, family, tribe, relationship with Kizza Besigye, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Iganga District, early life and education of the current Member of Parliament for Bugweri County in Uganda.

Abdu Katuntu is a Ugandan politician who is currently a Member of Parliament for Bugweri County. He is the substantive Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister.

He also chairs the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE).

Early life and Education

Abdu Katuntu was born on March 12, 1965 in Bugweri County, Iganga District. He is married and has many children.

Katuntu is a lawyer who holds a Bachelor of Law from Makerere University and a diploma from the Law Development Centre.

Career and Professional Work Experience

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Abdu Katuntu is a former Ugandan Pan-African Parliament member and a Rapporteur of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Katuntu previously worked for Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s law firm, Kadaga and Company Advocates.

In 2001, he was elected as a Bugweri county Member of Parliament for the first time. He has represented the Bugweri people in the 10th parliament ever since.

Katuntu narrowly lost his parliamentary seat to Kirunda Kivejinja in the 2006 general elections, but he successfully challenged the result, citing widespread irregularities. 

The court determined that “during the campaign period and on election day, there was widespread intimidation and torture in Bugweri Constituency,” skewing the outcome in favour of Kivejinja. Katuntu won the subsequent by-election.

In May 2015, High Court Judge Justice Christopher Madrama of the Commercial Court dismissed a case in which Katuntu had sued MTN for allegedly operating financial services (Mobile Money) without being licensed as a financial institution, citing that the telecommunications company was not violating any laws.

Katuntu left the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in December of last year after criticizing Dr Kizza Besigye’s defiance campaign. The senior FDC member stated that he does not believe in extremist politics. 

Achievements and Awards

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Hardworking Abdu Katuntu is credited with recovering Shs 47 billion from rogue Chinese road construction firms in 2016 and spearheading the passage of the Access to Information Act.

Controversies

President Yoweri Museveni referred to Bugweri county MP Abdu Katuntu as a poisonous mushroom bent on suffocating government initiatives. On January 24, 2005, the President addressed a rally in Busesa, Bugweri County, Iganga district. 

Bugweri is a historical stronghold of Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) members. Katuntu, a promoter of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) at the time, did not attend the rally. 

Museveni claimed that entyabire (Kinyankole word for poisonous mushroom) had no value other than its poison. It’s the reason no one eats it, he says. 

Museveni compared Katuntu to the UPC’s founding leaders, whom he accused of mismanaging Uganda’s politics. Museveni claimed that the UPC had become politically bankrupt as a result of gross mismanagement.

Bugweri County Member of Parliament Abdu Katuntu says announcing his early retirement from politics during his previous term of office was a mistake. 

Katuntu stated in 2016 that he would not run for political office again because the four terms he had previously served were sufficient. He kept the position even as the elections for 2021 approached, and even mentored journalist Sulaiman Kakaire to succeed him. 

However, in an unusual turn of events, Katuntu presented himself for nomination as an independent candidate for the same parliamentary seat. 

He ran in a hotly contested race against lawyers Julius Galisonga, Shaban Sadiq Nkutu, and Sulaiman Kakaire, which he eventually won

He now declared that the announcement was a mistake for which he was chastised by his constituents for deciding without consulting them. He states that he will now learn to keep quiet and act without making such declarations. 

He claims that by returning as an Independent MP, he will be able to work for Ugandans rather than a party, as he did previously. He also hopes that Parliament can serve as the eyes and ears of the government.

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