Police in Iganga district has arrested an office assistant in the Iganga district NRM party office for stealing over 1,000 membership cards.
Eriya Kesimbatya, allegedly opened a box and stole cards which he whisked off to his home in Nampirika village.
He then sent his son Eriya Waiswa, to look for candidates who could buy the cards.
Unfortunately for him, the former Iganga district chairman, Asuman Kyafu, who learned of the theft, informed security and NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Dr Tanga Odoi.
Odoi rushed to the district, stormed Eriya’s home in search of the stolen cards.
“You cannot mess up your own party, you cannot do that,” Odoi is recorded by NTV furiously reprimanding the culprit.
Eriya first denied but after being pinned by those who knew his deal, he confessed and asked for forgiveness.
“I have not been paid for 43 months (close to 4 years),” Eriya told onlookers justifying why he had no choice but to steal and sell the cards.
Odoi who accuses Eriya of abusing his office, told NTV that the case is referred to the NRM secretariat for action.
Odoi suspects the cards were to be used to rig the NRM primaries.
Last month, Harriet Kakaire, the councilor for Kizingu Zone in Njeru town council was arrested over the disappearance of the National Resistance Movement party registers, ballot papers and other election materials.
Ronald Mukwana, the Njeru Town Council NRM returning officer said the register books, pens and aprons went missing after they were handed to NRM party members.
Dorothy Mpiima, the Buikwe District Woman MP accused Paul Musoke, the Njeru Town Council NRM chairperson of masterminding the theft of the register and ballot papers to enable him rig primaries.