Museveni Seeks to End Sembabule Polls Impasse

NRM chairman, President Yoweri Museveni will on Friday travel to Sembabule on a trip intended to end the impasse that led to the cancellation of NRM parliamentary primaries in Mawogola North and Mawogola West constituencies.

The two constituencies became a hotbed for electoral violence as rival supporters fought one another leaving many, including the district’s Woman MP, Anifa Bangirana Kawooya, injured.

Kawooya wants to return to Parliament as MP for Mawogola West, but the current Mawogola MP, Joseph Ssekabiito is putting up a stiff fight for the NRM flag in the newly created constituency.

In Mawogola North, Museveni’s brother, Godfrey Aine Kaguta is in a bloody fight for the NRM flag with the President’s in-law, Shartsi Musherure Kutesa, daughter to Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa.

The two, despite their family connections, are a source of confrontations which some times have seen supporters of the two camps draw guns at each other.

To calm the tensions, Museveni has summoned all MPs from the district as well as the LC-V leadership, the district and sub-county NRM chairpersons, and all NRM parliamentary aspirants for a meeting at the district headquarters.

Nickson Niwagaba, the Sembabule Resident District Commissioner (RDC) communicated the presidential directive to summon the politicians for a meeting that had initially been scheduled for Thursday at State House, Entebbe.

Salim Kisekka, one of contenders in Mawogola North welcomed the meeting which he said is long overdue.

For some time, Kisekka has been calling on Museveni to prevail over his relatives whom he accuses of misusing their access to the  state security apparatus to turn the contest into a battlefield.

Kisekka also wants the president to order for the withdrawal of guns from their camps, for purposes of regaining political sanity in the area.

Museveni will also be met with reports irregularities that included manipulation of registers, doctoring of results and voter intimidation in areas where the primaries were held.

“It is going to give the opportunity of reporting to him directly, the deliberate irregularities that took place in this area that disfranchised NRM members of their rights to vote leaders of their choice,” said Vincent Kimbugwe who lost the primaries in Mawogola County.  

Additional reporting by Sadab Kitatta


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