“I am laughing at Aidah Nantaba,” Presidential Aide on Media, Tamale Mirundi, said in defence to the stressed, defeated and dejected minister of State for Lands.
The tearful, sniffy NRM cadre wreaked havoc in Kayunga over the weekend after Moses Karangwa, floored her to take the seat of Kayunga District NRM chairperson.
Her supporters sowed mayhem in town, tearing party cards, clashing with anti-riot police and blockading roads in mass protest of what they alleged was intimidation, voter bribery and vote rigging.
Addressing the supporters at her Ndeeba home, Nantaba announced that she was quitting the ruling party and standing as an independent for the Kayunga District woman MP seat next year.
Media reports also quote Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman demanding that Nantaba writes to him officially on quitting the party.
“Let Minister Nantaba write officially to me declaring she has left NRM party, she has said it many times,” Odoi is quoted as saying.
“You should never give your enemies the chance to laugh at you loss,” Mirundi advised Nantaba while speaking on NBS TV yesterday.
The overzealous Nantaba had warned earlier that she would quit the party if she is rigged out of elections.
Meanwhile, Mirundi turned his attention of First son in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo, who was unceremoniously dropped by the ruling party’s Central Executive Committee [CEC] over the weekend.
The over confident Rwabwogo dared traverse the country campaigning for the position of NRM vice chairperson western Uganda without consulting his father in-law also party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni.
To settle a standoff that has been ongoing for months, CEC dropped Rwabwogo and left Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza unopposed.
“Odrek Rwabwogo shouldn’t blame anyone,” Mirundi stated on television.
“Politics is a game where extra time is dangerous.”
According to Mirundi, Rwabwogo had to be dropped because President Museveni is sure he wouldn’t defect to Amama Mbabazi nor Kizza Besigye.
Then came a line: “How can the largest tribal group in East Africa not be involved in the succession struggle of the country?”
In his submission, Rwabwogo said he was disappointed in CEC’s decision but would respect it all the same.