Mob stones minister Kataike in Budaka   


Minister Kataike speaking in Buikwe

An angry mob at the close of the week nearly stoned State minister for Luweero Triangle, Sarah Kataike Ndobooli, to death in Budaka district.

On the same unpleasant day, Kataike lost the office of NRM treasurer to Pamela Nasiyo Kamugo during polls held at Budaka Saza Grounds.

According to Daily Monitor, a mob, armed with sticks and stones, gathered and blocked the main entrance to the voting venue.

Soon after the declaration of results, voters started pelting stones on the minister.

“The police whisked her away under tight security. However, the cause was basically related to the political tension that is brewing in the district between the two camps,” Moses Wamubirigwe, told the newspaper.

Hundreds of voters who turned up for the party elections mobbed the minister’s convoy of vehicles but police created a ring around her and rescued her from the charging mob.

The elections presided over by the district party registrar, Eric Kivunike, who declared the results at 6.45pm, saw Arthur Wako Mboizi beat his rival, Robert Kasolo after polling 229 votes against the latter’s 169 ballots for the post of chairperson.

The position of vice chairperson was taken by Akim Kyengabo, who polled 220 votes to defeat his main challenger, Abdu Mugoda who received 170 votes.

Other winners include Dean Wamika who polled 203 votes beating his rival, Nicholas Gole, who got 192 votes for the post of general secretary.

For the post of treasurer, Ms Pamela Kamugo polled 238 votes, trouncing the minister who garnered 158 votes.

Ms Miria Namugwe emerged winner for the post of publicity secretary, beating two contestants: Suleiman Mwidu who polled 105 votes and Robinah Nalyeba who got 77.

Former minister drops out of NRM race

Meanwhile, former State Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, also former Samia Bugwe South MP, Gabriel Opio, has dropped out of the race for Busia District NRM Treasurer’s Office.

He shocked everybody when he announced his withdrawal from the contest on Thursday when voting was about to start at Madibira Primary School in Busia Municipality.

He has been the NRM district treasurer and has been campaigning for the post for over four months.

His withdrawal made his opponent Rashid Were Ojambo announced winner unopposed.

Opio, who is aspiring for NRM parliamentary flag bearer for Samia Bugwe South, is seeking re-election in next year’s poll.

He faces four opponents: Julius Maganda, Dennis Nyangweso, Mbaha and David Ouma.

After stepping down, Opio addressed the press and said he withdrew in order to concentrate on the contest for Samia Bugwe South MP seat.

Worse still, Opio’s key campaigner, Dennis Nyangweso and the district NRM chairperson, Eric Masiga, all deserted his camp.

Former NRM district publicity secretary John Obuli suffered defeat in the party elections when Stephen Mayende beat him with 208 against 163 votes for the post.

Credit: Daily Monitor

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