“If NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba indeed made the “we will kill your children” statement, that was irresponsible,” Tanga Odoi has said.
The statement made before February 18 elections has since attracted criticism from civil society, opposition, international human rights bodies as well as the United States of America.
At first, government shielded Lumumba and then later claimed that she had withdrawn the statement.
Speaking on NBS TV Friday morning, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman, said he belongs to a party which should be thanked for allowing freedom of expression.
“Any leader who suppresses it is not good.”
He said the NRM Secretariat director of finance met the aggrieved staffers and hoped they will not be told to keep quiet.
“If NRM SG Lumumba is not accessible as staffers claim, that is not right. A leader should be accessible.”
Tanga said NRM Secretariat staffers were right to raise their grievances on Lumumba because “that is good for the leader”.
He said Lumumba has no problem but the only problem is that she has been too busy to call meetings.
“We have few meetings. Some of the aggrieved staffers say they are redundant. If it was up to me, I would exploit them; we need post-election research.”
He said it should not be the work of the director of finance at the NRM Secretariat to be meeting the aggrieved staffers that want Lumumba out.
“She needs to listen to the staff and form a team.”
The war between Tanga and Lumumba raged in 2015 nearly bringing the then newly appointed secretariat to a standstill.