Tempers flared in Ntungamo district at the close of last week after First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, was announced the winner of NRM district chairperson, unopposed.
Well, this alone should have done it since the First Lady had some time back announced quitting politics.
Janet in a statement said God had spoken to her and told her not to stand as Ruhaama County Member of Parliament in 2016 general elections.
However, she returned and announced her interest in the chairperson’s office in Ntungamo district and even picked nomination forms from Kyadondo.
Hand picks her deputy
Kajara MP, Steven Tashobya, earlier had interests in becoming the NRM Ntungamo district chairman but bowed out for Janet.
After being declared winner on Thursday, Janet ordered NRM delegates to announce Tashobya as her vice chairperson.
According to Daily Monitor, Janet asked the delegates to approve Tashobya’s candidature on condition that she serves as district executive party chairperson.
“When you leaders came asking me to come and be the chairperson of Movement here, I accepted but also gave my conditions that Tashobya becomes my vice chairperson,” Janet noted in a smooth swaying speech.
She added: “He is a Member of Parliament, a lawyer and head of the parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee; he also has a lot of capacities. I will not manage to be the chair if Tashobya is not my vice.”
The district party registrar, Maria Mirembe, according to the newspaper, immediately stood up and announced Tashobya as the vice chairperson.
Around of murmurs sailed through the audience as people sounded their disapproval.
Gaston Kamugisha, a former magistrate who was contesting for the same position, jumped to his feet and protested the “favouritism”.
Kamugisha told Janet point blank, face to face that NRM as a party was bigger than her or her chosen candidate.
“We are all NRM and the party is bigger than us all, bigger than Tashobya, bigger than Mama Janet. No one should determine my candidature,” Kamugisha was visibly agitated.
The atmosphere was getting hotter and hotter.
Amid the tension, the Deputy Attorney General also Rushenyi County MP, Mwesigwa Rukutana, rushed and grabbed the microphone.
Rukutuna apologised but the defiant Kamugisha refused to budge.
Ntungamo Municipality MP, Yona Musinguzi, and the LC5 chairperson, Denis Singahache, also joined Rukutuna and pleaded with Kamugisha to let go.
According to Monitor, Kamugisha accepted on condition that the money he used in campaigns be refunded.