President Yoweri Museveni’s siblings have come under fire for meddling in the Bukanga County NRM primary elections in Isingiro District.
Michael Toyota and Shadrack Nzeire are being accused of intimidating voters and interfering in the candidate’s campaigns to bolster support for their nephew, Steven Kangwagye.
Nathan Byanyima, the former Bukanga County MP says the two have been seen in areas like Endinzi Sub County with security personnel threatening voters.
Byanyima is contesting for election as the NRM party flag bearer in 2016 general elections.
Kangwagye beat Byanyima in the 2013 by-election to win the Bukanga County parliamentary seat.
The by-election followed the death of then area MP, Gregory Matovu.
Other contenders to the seat were; FDC’s Tito Turiyo, DP’s Dembe Shafik and independent Pastor Abel Tumusiime.
Kangwagye now wants the NRM party flag bearer position in the district by all means possible.
The “all means”, according to his rival includes the alleged intimidation of the electorate by security officials on orders of Museveni’s two brothers.
Byanyima says the presence of such people promotes unfair competition for other contenders.
Toyota’s wife acting “the other First Lady”
Meanwhile, sources in Isingiro tell us while Nzeire is more fair-minded and peaceful, the same cannot be said of Toyota.
Residents say Toyota’s wife, Barbra Kanakye, has been moving around Bukanga with the names of her in-laws in the First Family on her lips as she intimidates the electorate.
Kanakye usually cruises in a jeep with diplomatic number plates.
She carries along armed men wearing civilian clothing.
The self-proclaimed “other First Lady” herself likes donning black shades with a scarf on the head, trousers and a shirt [manly-like] before beginning her day.
She is famed for her militant fashion of doing things especially shouting at anyone who crosses her path.
Kanakye also drags along another lady called Hope, a daughter of Col Mwesigye who is married to Nzeire.