Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire, has threatened to drag the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi, to courts of law.
Otafiire accuses Tanga of spreading “lies” that the minister was involved in vote rigging in the October NRM primaries.
Otafiire claims Tanga said he [the minister] tried to disorganize elections in Mitooma yet “I didn’t even step there [polling stations]”.
“Let him first get facts. He is talking what he doesn’t know.”
Captain (Rtd) Dononzio Kahonda, then a prisoner defeated Gen Otafiire, the incumbent Ruhinda County MP in Mitooma district.
Last week, Otafiire rushed to Mbarara High Court seeking an injunction to stop nomination of Kahonda as the NRM flag bearer.
Mbarara High Court judge, Justice Duncan Gaswaga adjourned the hearing of the petition to December 8 leaving Kahonda to freely be nominated.
Otafiire then got himself nominated for the same seat as an independent candidate.
In November, Otafiire petitioned Tanga claiming his results were altered.
He said Kahonda did not have the requisite academic qualifications.
Tanga quashed the petition citing insufficient evidence.
Otafiire now demands an apology from Tanga or the EC boss finds himself in courts of law.
Addressing press yesterday, Otafiire reaffirmed his love for NRM and willingness to serve it but said he was disappointed his concerns have not been addressed.
“I am standing as an independent but I never left NRM.”
Otafiire insisted Tanga’s conduct will kill the NRM party.
“His [Tanga’s] actions will destroy the party.”
Majority NRM losers now independent
Gen Otafiire warned that NRM faced collapse if dared expel independent candidates as its Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, had threatened.
Otafiire said he was not afraid of expulsion from the ruling party saying like him, many party members, who had been rigged out of the party primaries, had been ignored.
“If NRM decides to expel those who will go as independents, it will nolonger be a party.”