There were tensions in Kabale district as police deployed heavily to prevent chaos in the NRM primaries between minister David Bahati and his rival Henry Musasizi.
The duo was fighting to replace Amama Mbabazi’s sister in-law, Hope Mwesigye, for the NRM district chairmanship.
Police sealed off Kabale Stadium during an accreditation that took hours while delegates gathered to cast their ballot.
At the end of the voting process, Bahati polled 203 votes against Musasizi’s 101 votes and Asiimwe Rwamwehare’s 8 votes while 5 votes were invalidated.
Why Hon Musasazi Lost Kabale NRM Chairmanship
Reports from Kabale indicates that intrigue, malice, conspiracy, hate, resources, alliances, lies that characterised Kabale district NRM elections, had something to do with Musasizi’s loss.
Musasizi had a budget targeting 200 voters while the new State Minister of Finance for Planning spent on every voter.
His wife had earlier moved around villages distributing hoes, cups and money and pleading with the electorate to vote her husband.
Where Musasizi was planning to spend Shs 50,000, Bahati spent Shs 100,000 to Shs 500,000.
The Ndorwa West legislator also spent on media adverts, press conferences to have journalists on his side and making himself more visible.
Musasazi also failed to secure the Rubanda vote as his rivals in Rubanda East rallied voters to cast the ballot in favour of Bahati.
There are allegations that religion, security and government all favoured Bahati.
Musasizi’s team too is accused of playing double standards and stabbing him in the back.
Most importantly, Maurice Keitaba, the NRM district registrar, is also said to have been on Bahati’s side, a charge we cannot verify.
Meanwhile, four youth and Nyamweru Sub County Vice Chairperson, Innocent Tabaruka, were arrested for causing fracas and possessing ballot papers and Musasizi posters.