NRM Electoral Commission chairman, Tanga Odoi, has responded to presidential advisor on media, Tamale Mirundi’s insult on NBS television.
Yesterday, Tamale told Tanga to go and sell samosas after failing to organise LC1 elections.
Speaking to the same television in an interview, Tanga said he can’t argue with the likes of Tamale who can’t even speak proper English.
“No amount of intimidation will make me attack Amama Mbabazi or Kaguta Museveni, but if you attack the Electoral Commission, I will react,” Tanga stated.
Turning attention to the president’s dog, Tanga said: “Tamale can only argue in Luganda, if he could argue in English we would discuss issues”.
He said the president’s dog has made it a point to abuse everyone.
“He [Tamale] is a serial killer,” Tanga said.
It is not clear what Tanga meant by calling Tamale a “serial killer” but the remark seems to resonate with Mirundi’s description of former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya, a “coffin image politician”.
Away from the presidential dog, Tanga explained that they postponed the primaries elections because they needed to change the ballot papers that had some errors.
“No amount of pressure can make Tanga Odoi bend the law,” he pointed out.
He said the NRM EC can’t do anything without Central Executive Committee approval.
“In some places campaigns hadn’t started and people complained that this favoured the incumbents.”
Speaking earlier to Daily Monitor, Tanga issued a one-month ultimatum to party members in areas without representation especially Rubaga Division, Kampala and Amudat District.
He said if these areas remain confused, they may remain without leadership until 2020.
“I am giving them one month to get organised or forget about the elections. We cannot be kept in such confusion forever. They will stay without leaders for the next five years.”
On Nantaba quitting NRM
He asked the aggrieved to approach him citing the case of State Minister for Lands, Ms Idah Nantaba.
Nantaba lost the Kayunga district chairmanship to Moses Karangwa and incited chaos in the area.
She claims to have been cheated in the party’s elections.
Police teargassed Nantaba and her supporters after they complained of rigging.
“Let her write to me. I will not be intimidated by anyone. NRM is a bus, she is free to jump off. Others will board,” Odoi told Daily Monitor.
Fake academic papers
Meanwhile, Tanga has received 65 petitions that are based on academic papers of NRM aspirants.
He says over 400 petitions are mostly on administrative issues.
He said while some petitions are flimsy, they have to attend to them because they have legal implications.
“We have problems with UNEB that clears a candidate and then rescinds the clearance afterwards.”
“How does someone get pass 9 in all subjects, but suddenly UNEB issues the person a certificate?”
He called the action “shameful”.