Former Minister of the Presidency for Kampala Capital City Authority, Kabakumba Labwoni Matsiko, has been suspended from her position as National Resistance Movement [NRM] Masindi district party chairperson.
Kabakumba was suspended on Wednesday by the Masindi District Executive Committee (DEC).
The meeting held at Country Inn hotel and chaired by Kanaginagi Ateenyi, the NRM party district vice chairperson, the former minister was accused of breaching party rules.
Martin Isaac Kaahwa, the NRM party district publicity secretary, says they suspended Kabakumba for standing as an independent candidate for MP Masindi municipality after losing the Bujenje county NRM flag in October primaries.
Despite being defeated in the NRM primaries, Masindi expected the former Information minister to mobilise for the party but she instead went independent.
Both NRM Electoral Commission chair, Tanga Odoi, and NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, maintain that those who go independent forfeit their membership in the ruling party.
Kabakumba is currently feuding with the NRM flag bearer for Masindi municipality, Ernest Kiiza, yet the party is busy preparing for February 2016 elections.
After losing the flag to Kiiza, Kabakumba promised to support NRM flag bearers only to turn around and campaign for herself, an act that tantamounts to expulsion from the party.
Kaahwa said if she softens and follows the party constitution, the committee will reconsider its decision.
Kanaginagi has been appointed to act in the capacity of the chairperson until Kabakumba’s suspension is finalised.
The NRM party district general secretary and Woman Member of Parliament for Masindi district, Bintu Jalia Lukumu, said Kabakumba being a founder member of the party, should abide by its constitution.
In her defence, Kabakumba described the meeting that suspended her as illegal.
She told Kiiza to mind his business and his votes instead of seeking to frustrate her.
Maintaining that she is still the district NRM chairperson for Masindi, Kabakumba said she would campaign for President Museveni and herself.