NRM supporters in Lyantonde district on Saturday nearly castrated the ruling party, NRM national vice chairman, Al Hajji Moses Kigongo.
“They would have succeeded had police not intervened in time,” an NRM official who asked not to be named told us.
Hundreds of angry people took to the streets of Lyantonde town protesting what they termed as election fraud and vote rigging.
In the NRM primaries, Kemirembe Pauline Kyaka beat the incumbent, Hon Grace Rutemba, with a difference of 27 votes.
Also defeated was another incumbent Hon. James Kakooza.
Kakooza has been in the district leadership for 15 years and while Rutemba has spent 10 years in Parliament.
After being beaten in the concluded primaries, the duo petitioned the NRM electoral commission protesting the election outcomes.
On Saturday, Kigongo went to Lyantonde to look into the matter.
However, Kyaka’s supporters interpreted his presence as a plot to arm-twist their candidate upon which they took to the streets.
They carried placards affirming support for Kyaka while chanting and threatening to deny President Yoweri Museveni votes unless their candidate is declared Lyantonde district Woman MP.
Supporters sniffed a whisper that Kigongo was meeting the candidates at the office of the RDC, Sulaiman Tuguragara Matojo Salongo.
Kigongo had gone on behalf of the NRM EC to settle the grudges between the incumbents who lost and the new blood that won the primaries.
Carrying their placards, Kyaka’s supporters rushed to the office while the rest of the group blocked the Lyantonde-Mbarara highway for almost 2 hours.
Some were seen lying on the road while others stood guard.
Those who raided the RDC’s office demanded that Kigongo comes out and explain what was going on.
Our reporter interfaced with some supporters who were threatening to castrate the NRM vice chairman if he dared alter their candidate’s results.
The Lyantonde district police commander, Rodgers Kapere, deployed his men fast enough to intercept and tame the unruly crowd.
The situation was tense as supporters laid camp outside the RDC’s office waiting for a resolution.
“We will not listen to anything else apart from the fact that Kyaka is our Woman MP,” an errant supporter told our reporter.
When he finally came out [after ascertaining police protection], Kigongo promised to extend the voters’ grievances to the NRM secretariat and get back to them shortly.