Minister Nantaba now faces arrest, jail



NRM electoral commission chairman, Tanga Odoi, says former party member and Lands minister, Aidah Nantaba, plotted to disrupt primaries after being beaten in the Kayunga district NRM chairperson race.

She lost the seat to Moses Karangwa in a poll she claimed was rigged.

She then quit the ruling party and resolved to stand for Kayunga Woman MP seat as an independent.

The minister who has gone through a series of mishaps this year, last week announced she was planning to flee Uganda and go into exile.

This came after residents of Kirindi village in Nazigo Sub–county, Kayunga District, stoned her convoy for allegedly interfering in their issues.

The crying Nantaba said cabinet ministers who are unhappy with her anti–land–grabbing stance are also planning to stop her from returning to Parliament.

Tanga now accuses her of conspiring to mar the party’s already chaotic elections.

Tanga demanded that Nantaba personally and immediately reports to the party leadership or face arrest and subsequent jail.

Appearing at NBS TV morning breeze Monday morning, Tanga announced that a pro-Nantaba supporter has been detained for trying to break into the NRM election center in Luzira.

“Hon. Nantaba has to report to Hajji Kigongo [NRM vice chairman] by 11am or I will ask police to arrest her,” Tanga ordered.

Tanga wants Nantaba to make a statement for allegedly “sending someone to come steal voting materials but we arrested him”.

“If she doesn’t do this before 11 am today we shall issue an arrest warrant,” he emphasised.

The party yesterday postponed polls earlier scheduled for today, Monday to Tuesday amid delays of ballot papers and fears of vote rigging.

More chaos in NRM polls

This came after clashes between supporters of Simeo Nsubuga and incumbent, Minister Nyombi Tembo in Kassanda last night.

Simeo accuses Tembo of trying to use money to influence the vote which prompted angry supporters to tear down posters.

Tanga on Sunday warned those preparing to mishandle elections in Kampala Central that they would end up in cells this time round.

As for the postponed election for primaries for constituency MPs, Women MPs, LC V, Lord Mayors and Mayors, Tanga said they would not deliver credible elections if polling material arrived late.

“Those who planned to rig have been rigged out.”

He also denied reports that ballot papers are being sold in Kampala.

He urged district election officers to contain the big people because the “party is a forest, made of tress – not just one tree”.

“Any election found to be tampered with shall be cancelled. Am not using may, but shall.”

He said in Sembabule, Lwemiyaga was a hot spot but elections in that area would be handled directly.

Other ‘red alert’ areas include; Bukedea, Lwengo, Bundibugyo and Kibuku.

Tanga said the party will deploy new officials (election) across all districts and any elections found to have malpractice shall not pass.

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