Ejected Mbabazi men meet Museveni


Museveni in a dance with Kanungu NRM leaders at State House Entebbe recently

President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly called off Kanungu NRM elections over internal wrangles.

Kanungu was supposed to vote today, Monday.

Over the weekend, Museveni summoned Kanungu NRM leaders over the weekend to State House.

The leaders travelled to Kampala on Saturday for a meeting with the president on Sunday.

The leaders who travelled by bus to the city included those who had been thrown out of the election on allegations that they were leaning towards former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.

A week ago, the ruling NRM election officer in Kanungu district disqualified Edith Nalongo, an NRM candidate for Kihiihi Town Ward in Kihiihi Town Council, for reportedly shouting the name of Mbabazi at a rally.

The rally which also involved her two competitors; Mbabazi Rukia and Justine Karasira, was held at Kihiihi Mayor’s gardens in Kihiihi town.

She was disqualified by NRM Electoral Officer, Ephraim Tumwesigye.

Likewise, the Kanungu NRM registrar, John Byaruhanga, disqualified other five NRM members from the ongoing elections after they were suspected to be sympathetic to Amama Mbabazi.

They group was reportedly found campaigning for Amama’s “Go Forward Pro Change pressure group” yet they are seeking to be elected on NRM ticket as flag bearers at their respective sub county levels.

The five affected people include; Zepher Mugisha of Kihiihi Town council, Kenneth Tumuhamye of Kanyantorogo, Caleb Tumwesimire Kipande of Mpungu, Paison Ndyabawe of Nyakinoni and Allen Turyasingura Atuhaire also of Kihiihi Town council.

State House meeting

The State House meeting, according to one of the leaders who travelled with the group from Kanungu, was meant to discuss the impasse in the district polls.

President Museveni heard the complaints being raised against the Kanungu NRM registrar, Byaruhanga.

While disqualifying some candidates, Byaruhanga accused them of de-campaigning President Museveni, the NRM party president and sole candidate and destroying NRM voting materials at Bugongo in Kihiihi town council during the NRM village elections.

The leaders say they were being victimized by the overzealous NRM registrar.

The meeting would end with the resolution to take disciplinary action against the NRM Secretariat if it was found compromised.

The president suspended the Monday voting until issues are sorted out.

We have not yet got details of what transpired in the meeting.

Meanwhile, Harriet Nakamya, the newly appointed Kanungu Resident District Commissioner, is also under fire and could face an exit.

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