Kyadondo County East MP, Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, says the biggest fight in the ruling party is against former Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi.
“Mbabazi was picked like a grasshopper from Jinja bridge and brought back,” Nganda reminded fellow gangsters on the Saturday political talk show “capital gang” hosted by Capital FM.
According to Nganda, the fight against Mbabazi which is the biggest in NRM would not only stop at his arrest.
The former Prime Minister was also teargassed on two occasions in Soroti and Jinja frustrating his consultations.
“NRM blamed Mbabazi but now he is gone and you can see they are still trying to blame him.”
NRM deputy spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, on the other hand blames Amama for keeping the NRM register under his armpit.
Opondo said the new NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, has just handed over a new register to the party Electoral Commission.
“The NRM Electoral Commission now has the register,” Opondo reported.
NRM influencing EC
Nganda was still dissatisfied with the fact that it is the national Electoral Commission that must adjust its programme to fit the NRM programme.
“NRM must adjust its program to fit into the national programme but it is now vice-versa.”
Nganda said NRM had problems when the Electoral College was small and these have since persisted.
“Candidates don’t have agents at polling stations.”
According to Abdul Katuntu, the challenge the country has today is to deliver free and fair elections.
“If you have a party in power which lacks democracy there is no way they can promote democracy at national level.”
Katuntu says some of these party problems are self-created.
NRM’s Chris Baryomunsi said at least NRM EC boss, Tanga Odoi, was doing the best to ensure they have free and fair elections.
“We need to learn what came up in the 2010 primaries. I want my election to be violence free,” Baryomunsi said.
Baryomunsi also noted that the EC should be independent as far as elections are concerned.
“I think the NRM is doing its best to have free and fair elections.”
This was complemented by Opondo who said: “We are trying to make sure that these elections are better than 2011 elections.”
Opondo also observed that the ruling party can’t prevent everybody with serious issues to go as independent.
“But we wish them well.”