The highly spirited Kabale electorate at the close of last week nearly lynched State Minister of Finance for Planning, David Bahati, over talk on sole candidature.
On Friday, President Yoweri Museveni, picked nomination forms from Kyadondo headquarters to stand as NRM party chairman and presidential flag bearer.
On the same day, his rival, Amama Mbabazi, announced that he was standing outside NRM sending a frenzy of jubilation in the ruling party.
Youth Affairs minister, Evelyn Anite aka “sole candidature yellow girl” said Mbabazi had stamped the Kyankwanzi resolution on the same day supporting Museveni as sole candidate.
Anite’s colleague, David Bahati, who helped her push the Kyankwanzi motion could not wait to share his excitement with electorates back home.
On Saturday, the nextday, Bahati addressed residents at Kabale stadium and asked them to support Museveni’s sole candidature.
“We thank God because the journey we started in Kyankwazi ended yesterday with no one challenging our chairman,” he is quoted as saying.
Bahati reportedly asked those who supported the idea to show their hands but people allegedly demanded for competition in the party.
“Why are you stubborn?” Bahati is quoted wondering.
The report has it that people booed him down amid oaths and proclamations that nearly came to a neck-gripping episode.
The gathering reportedly dispersed in disarray after swearing to deal with the minister.
Meanwhile, a crisis meeting of some NRM leaders was quickly called to discuss Bahati’s predicament.
A source who attended the meeting at a top hotel in Kabale claims leaders demanded that Bahati handles Kabale carefully.
“Kabale has been fragile since Mbabazi’s sacking, see how Kizza Besigye was received, Bahati needs to be careful,” the leaders are quoted as saying.
In April 2014 Rubanda County East a constituency in Kabale District, Henry Musasizi, survived lynching when he attempted to explain the Kyankwazi NRM Caucus resolutions to Christians and as to why they decided to front President Museveni as the sole party flag bearer for the National Resistance Movement party.
The moment he mentioned ‘Kyankwanzi’, people started shouting at the top of their voices swearing to deal with him ruthlessly.
Earlier, Rubanda West legislator, Henry Banyenzaki, had accused religious leaders of abandoning their core role of preaching gospel and turning into politicians.