Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party leaders in Kasese on Thursday shunned a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni.
The FDC leaders together with those from the National Resistance Movement- NRM party were invited to attend the meeting with Museveni at Nyakasanga Playground in Kasese Municipality.
However, the opposition leaders declined to attend the meeting at Nyakasanga arguing that it had veered off from development but instead had turned partisan.
Of the six FDC members of parliament, only Busongora South MP Jackson Mbaju Kathika attended the meeting. Kasese district chairperson Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo also did not turn up.
Bigogo questioned the rationale of inviting the NRM executive committees at district and municipal levels and the invitation of women and youth leagues of the ruling party at a meeting that should ideally be for only elected leaders.
The Kasese district boss also wondered how religious institutions which play a key role in the development of the district could not be invited for an operation wealth creation meeting.
Jonald Muhindo Bukambi the Kitswamba sub-county councillor said they had raised their concerns to the Resident District Commissioner who was in charge of the invitations but they were not responded.
Bukambi, who also doubles as the deputy speaker Kasese district council said they were left with no option other than shunning the meeting because the leaders were going to endorse Museveni for his 2021 presidential bid.
But Kasese Municipality mayor Godfrey Baluku Kabbyanga said it was within the interest of the leaders to attend so that they tell the president the challenges the people they lead are facing.
Kabbyanga said, however, there was no vacuum created by their absence since the NRM leaders filled the gap.