The appointment of the National Resistance Movement-NRM party registrars in Kabarole and Kyenjojo districts has divided party leaders.
On Monday, the NRM party announced the new district registrars in the Rwenzori region ahead of the registration of party members.
Patrick Kamulindwa was appointed the Kabarole district party registrar after being kicked out as chairperson of the NRM Rwenzori youth platform.
It came after Kamulindwa expelled three youth leaders from the group for allegedly meeting the former NRM party Secretary General Amama Mbabazi.
On Monday, Kenneth Omona, the NRM party deputy treasurer was booed down by party delegates in Kabarole district when he read out Kamulindwa’s name as the new registrar.
Gilbert Kayondo, the representative of South Division in Fort Portal Municipality says that they will ensure that Kamulindwa doesn’t occupy the office saying his appointment was influenced by senior district party officials whom he didn’t name.
Kayondo explains that it was wrong for the party to appoint Kamulindwa who is being investigated for failing to account for funds that were given to the youth group by President Yoweri Museveni.
More than 50 youth leaders led by Kayondo have petitioned the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba over Kamulindwa’s appointment.
In Kyenjojo, the district NRM party chairman James Byamukama stormed out of the meeting when Winnie Ngobi was announced party registrar.
Byamukama says as the party officials in the district they were not consulted before the appointment was made.
Byamukama, who is also the Kyenjojo District LC5 chairperson, claims that Ngobi is a known supporter of Aston Kajara, the Mwenge South MP.
Last year, Byamukama declared his intentions to contest against Kajara, who is also the State Minister for Finance in-charge Privatization.
Last month, a section of NRM party legislators cried foul over the appointment of new registrars to handle the mass enrollment of members.
Bushenyi, Isingiro disagreements
In Bushenyi District NRM delegates are split on the registration of new party members and defectors from other political parties.
On Monday, Bushenyi District NRM delegates convened at Bushenyi Multipurpose Hall under the leadership of Captain Francis Babu, the Kampala Special Region NRM chairperson.
In his opening remarks, Babu praised the delegates for supporting the party whole heartedly and called for unity and equality ahead of the forthcoming elections.
He asked them to welcome and register new entrants to the NRM party especially those from the opposition.
This didn’t go down well with several members led by Ephraim Biraaro, the Buhweju county Member of Parliament.
Biraaro accused the new entrants of slowing down the progress of the party saying some of them cross with intentions of weakening NRM internally.
He was backed by Eldard Karukiiko, the Kyeizooba Sub County LC 3 chairperson.
Karukiiko argued that some of those who defect to the ruling party are politically weak and can easily be defeated by opposition candidates adding that they shouldn’t be allowed to contest on the party ticket.
Rosemary Nyakikongoro, the Sheema district woman MP would not have any of this.
Nyakikongoro contested in the previous NRM primary elections and lost. She won the sit as an independent.
She warned the delegates against sidelining independents saying the party leadership is well aware how they came about.
Nyakikongoro warned that unless the problems that marred the previous primary elections are addressed, the party should be prepared to get more independents this time around.
According to Nyakikongoro, they will not allow those who claim to be big shots in the party to disorganise them.
Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, the Water and Environment Minister chipped in saying the confusion starts right from the party secretariat, which deviates from the agreed road map.
At Mbarara Catholic social center, Justine Kasule Lumumba, the NRM party secretary general was forced to eject all Isingiro District NRM delegates following a disagreement over the appointment of Emmanuel Byaruhanga as party registrar.
The delegates rejected Byaruhanga who has been serving as Chairman Isingiro District Service Commission on grounds that he has been associating with rebel NRM members.
After several hours of disagreements, the delegates who included Animal Husbandry Minister Bright Rwamirama proposed the names of Grace Kakwenza and Ben Taremwa.
The delegates overwhelmingly voted for Taremwa.