Military police was abroad along Hoima town streets battling errant NRM supporters.
The chaotic scenes centred on Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza and the Minister for Public Service, Henry Kajura, in Hoima NRM primaries.
The chaos stemmed from a one Akankwatsa who allegedly tried to stuff ballots in favour of Kajura who is facing former Makerere lecturer, Lawrence Bategeka.
Luckily, Kyaligonza, the NRM vice chairperson for western Uganda was on duty.
He reportedly raided Hoima Police Station where the ballots were being sorted and ordered the poll cancelled.
Kajura, 82, is not just aged but also experienced in nasty talk, according to witnesses.
The minister allegedly insulted and reprimanded Kyaligonza like a school boy.
In a confrontation that nearly saw blows being hurled, Kyaligonza told off Kajura that he, a bush war hero, would not allow the minister rig votes, something that took President Yoweri Museveni to the bush.
As the NRM big shots came to grips, it was not silent outside either.
Military police was already engaging youth in street battles.
The rioters responded by pelting stones to diffuse bullets, destroying people’s vehicles.
In the scariest confrontation, at least five of Kajura’s supporters were injured while property worth millions of shillings was destroyed.