NRM fans try to burn Lwengo chairman Mutabaazi alive


George Mutabaazi, Lwengo boss who is accused of starring violence in NRM Primaries.

George Mutabaazi, the Lwengo LC V chairperson has fled his home following by attempts by some NRM party members to set it ablaze.

The NRM members are bitter with Mutabaazi for allegedly disrupting the sub county NRM at Market ward in Lwengo town council on Monday last week.

The LC V chairperson and his supporters reportedly grabbed two ballot boxes from Market ward accusing the polling officials of ballot stuffing.

This is the second time Mutabaazi is being accused of election violation.

Last month, Mutabaazi was also accused of disrupting vote tallying during the election of the Lwengo District NRM party executive.

It came after Mutabaazi and his group stormed the tallying center and turned off power before grabbing the ballot boxes bringing the exercise to a halt.

The conduct of Mutabaazi and his supporters prompted other NRM party members to form a rival group to counter their actions.

On Friday, the group raided Mutabaazi’s home in Kyarutwaaka in Lwengo rural sub county and attempted to set it ablaze in vain.

In September, the controversial Lwengo district Chairman, said his style of leadership including beating people to wake them up to do what benefits them was getting him more popular in the district.

Mutabaazi is seeking the NRM party flag to contest for the district chairperson again, despite his current term marred by controversy on forceful community service.

But he says this has helped him perform for the district.

In 2012, Mutabaazi launched the anti-grass-thatched house campaign in which he set them on fire.

He partnered with Roofings Limited which provided low income earners with iron sheets at a subsidized price, with the aim of eradicating grass thatched houses in the district.

In 2014, Mutabaazi launched forceful community service, in which he mobilized people to open up community roads, clean of community wells and banned drinking in the morning.

Residents who defied his order were caned, sparking off uproar among some leaders and human rights activists.

A team of Uganda Human Rights Commission officials visited Lwengo to investigate Mutabaazi for allegedly human rights abuses.

The issue of flogging people in Lwengo was picked by Mutabaazi’s rival, David Bbale Mukasa as a tool to campaign against him ahead of 2016 general elections.

Mutabaazi however says he has achieved more than 80% of his manifesto, which he hopes to build on if he gets re-elected next year.

However, David Bbale Mukasa, the former Iganga Deputy RDC who seeks to unseat Mutabaazi accuses him of portraying Lwengo as a backward district.

He says the act of beating people exhibited Lwengo as a very backward district with human rights abuses.


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