NRM polls start after Museveni shrinks Tanga’s ego


Hon Kasule Lumumba Lumumba (NRM SG), Dr Tanga Odoi (EC Chairman)

The ruling NRM party will today kick off elections at the village level after the exercise flopped last Friday.

The deputy chairperson of the party electoral commission, John Kigyagi Arimpa, told press they will arrest politicians who try to disrupt the exercise.

“We are ready for the elections for northern, eastern and western regions,” he said on Sunday.

He said the elections will also cover special interest groups; youth, women, veterans, people with disabilities and old persons.

Elections for Buganda and central region will be held on Tuesday, as earlier scheduled.

“We have deployed police at every polling station and anyone [politicians] who tries to mingle in the election will be arrested,” he warned.

Kigyagi said they have dispatched materials in time to avoid what happened in 2011 elections which were marred by violence and ballot stuffing.

Last week, NRM Electoral Commission Chairman, Tanga Odoi, said the exercise had delayed because funds were not dispatched on time.

He accused the party Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, of refusing to release funds in an effort to frustrate his activities.

Lumumba, on the other hand, accuses Tanga of insubordination and messing up the NRM voter registers, saying it’s the reasons the polls were postponed.

A cold war has been ongoing between the two self-important NRM cadres dividing the secretariat.

Museveni intervenes

According to Daily Monitor, President Yoweri Museveni reportedly summoned Tanga to State House and warned him against publicizing party issues.

The President also reportedly reminded Tanga that he is subordinate to the party secretary general and that he must respect the hierarchy.

But Tanga told the newspaper the President did not castigate him.

“He [Museveni] only lectured us about good administration and delegation of roles.”

Tanga says Museveni emphasised that they must be transparent in procurement, administration and that we must share information no matter what level one is at.

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