State minister for Lands Aidah Nantaba reportedly boycotted President Yoweri Museveni’s rally in Kayunga district on Monday.
Minister Nantaba skipped the rally during which the President was expected to mediate reconciliatory talks between her and her rival Moses Kalangwa, also the NRM district chairman.
In August last year, Nantaba snubbed a visit by President Museveni to Kayunga District blaming him for “allying with a land grabber”.
The President was commissioning an FM radio station owned by Kalangwa who is accused by the residents of grabbing their land.
More than 40 tenants have on several occasions petitioned the President to help them reclaim their land but in vain.
In December 2015, Nantaba said she had atlast overcome mafias who have been standing in her way.
She is running as an independent candidate having quit the ruling NRM after being defeated in the Kayunga NRM flag bearer race by Kalangwa.
She will face Ms Juliet Nalunga who is aspiring for the Kayunga Woman MP seat.
Nantaba had even threatened that if Kalangwa doesn’t leave Kayunga, NRM will have to be pushed out of Kayunga.
As she predicted, yesterday, NRM hired vehicles to ferry people to Museveni’s rally but they remained unoccupied for the rest of the day.
Another disturbing picture shows a sparsely populated photo of Museveni’s entry into Kayunga town.
On top of refusing to board the NRM buses, residents also allegedly ignored the president’s presence in the town as he drove through empty streets waving to “no one”.