NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi, has made his point clear to the Lands minister, Aidah Nantaba, that the ruling party will not tolerate impunity.
Tanga told press yesterday that Nantaba had written to him officially quitting NRM after losing Kayunga district chairperson seat to Kaliisa Karangwa.
“We are not going to tolerate impunity,” Tanga said.
“If you don’t agree with the results, write a petition. Nantaba did not write one,” he said in reference to the allegation that Karangwa rigged her out of Kayunga polls.
“Nantaba has written to NRM withdrawing from party primaries officially and we accept,” Tanga confirmed.
He said the ruling party has lost strong members including founding member and former Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, but still continues to exist.
“This party is bigger and taller than me. It will continue,” Tanga said, emphasising that with or without Nantaba, NRM will continue existing as before.
The NRM EC boss said that actually conflict was positive “if well handled”.
“We have a 99% following in this country. There are people who are opposition by day and NRM by night.”
Bans use of public vehicles by minister
Tanga once more reiterated his ban on the use of public vehicles by ministers and other government officials during campaigns.
“Effective Wednesday, no minister will be allowed to use public vehicles in campaigns,” he announced.
Tanga said the ministers have good salaries and good personal vehicles.
In August, the overzealous NRM cadre humiliated senior NRM members; 3rd deputy Prime Minister and the Deputy Leader of Government Business General Moses Ali, State Minister for Investment Gabriel Aridru and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, when they returned their nominations forms at the headquarters cruising in government vehicles.
Tanga declined to receive their nominations forms and ordered them to go and park their official vehicles as directed.
Gabriel Aridru, the State Minister for Investment reluctantly directed his driver to Park his official vehicle outside the NRM Electoral Commission premises.
Moses Ali said as a senior official, both in rank and age, is entitled to a government vehicle and should be respected by juniors guarding NRM offices.
Minister Sam Kutesa, also UN Assembly president, said he was unaware of the directive; not to use government vehicles by NRM aspirants but will comply next time.
Tanga said this time round, they are ready for the NRM primaries.
The first round was marred by voter bribery, rigging and violence led to their suspension.
“We have power to stop the NRM election and start another if people are being rowdy.”
He said they are also verifying aspirants academic documents before the second round of polls kick off.
“NRM doesn’t believe in Nasser Road secondary school. Our lawyers are credible people and will give us those names.”
On allegations that their register has issues, Tanga said there was no perfect register.
“Ours may have issues but other parties may not even have one.”
On October 26, 2015 NRM Primaries for MPs, LC5, Lord Mayors and municipal mayors will officially kick off.
Tanda says NRM has a big house with many rooms and even losers will be given a place.
He, however, warned that any breach of regulations will lead to cancelation of a member’s candidature.
Hon. Richard Todwong, the deputy NRM Secretary General, said the first meeting of the NRM delegates conference will take place October 30 and November 2, 2015 at Namboole stadium.
This will be followed by the nomination of NRM presidential candidate on November 3, at 10am at the same venue.