Nantaba defeated, raises dust in Kayunga



The ruling party’s fiery cadre, Aidah Nantaba, has been floored in Kayunga NRM primaries.

The minister of State for Lands was defeated by Moses Kaliisa Karangwa, a businessman, who seized the Kayunga district NRM chairman seat.

Karangwa polled 90 votes, Nantaba got 53 votes and Alex Kasirivu came third with only 22 votes.

The announcement sent Nantaba’s supporters into a rage that saw them organize a quick but massive protest in the town.

They reportedly barricaded the Kayunga–Kampala road and burned car tyres as a way of expressing their anger and dissatisfaction.

Here they battled anti-riot police and engaged in running battles.

According to KFM radio, still dissatisfied, hundreds of Nantaba’s supporters marched through Kayunga town and raided the NRM offices.

At the offices, they tore party cards and handed pieces to the district NRM administrator, Oliver Matama.

The rest of the torn cards were discarded and displayed on Kayunga streets as supporters tried to cool off their immeasurable anger.

Nantaba’s camp alleges that the Karangwa hired armed men who intimidated their candidate and later rigged her out of the election.

The businessman denied the claims saying the election was free and fair.

The radio quotes the minister telling supporters at her Ndeeba home that she would stand as an independent in the Kayunga district woman MP race.

Nantaba had earlier threatened to quit NRM if it failed to organise credible elections.

She was recently in the news for staging an unsuccessful fist fight with her rival, Juliet Nalunga.

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