National Resistance Movement-NRM supporters in Kayunga opposed to the district party leadership under Moses Kaliisa Karangwa have created a parallel office to coordinate campaign activities of the party flag bearer Andrew Muwonge in the LC 5 by-elections.
The new office is located in an apartment that used to host Kayunga teachers’ association offices along Busaana road.
Led by Fred Watuwa, the Kayunga District NRM Registrar and the administrator, Betty Namazzi, say that the chairperson stopped them from conducting the party activities at the district office when they declined to back his daughter, Jackline Birungi as their candidate for the district woman parliamentary seat in the 2020 primaries and instead declared Agatha Nalubwama who genuinely won the polls.
Watuwa says for the party to coordinate ground activities efficiently for their candidate they require a stable office.
“The chairperson will continue to suffocate us if we chose to continue working under the office space he donated to the district party leadership on his building. Our intention is to mobilize people who lost trust in him to support our party flag bearer.
We don’t want to lose as it was in the previous general election where we reliably established that he did not support the flag bearer,” he said.
The official party office along Kayunga-Kampala road is manned by the deputy party registrar, Vincent Kato who handles most of the administrative activities on a daily basis.
Karangwa has dismissed the accusations leveled against him as baseless, saying that he doesn’t harbor bad intentions for the party.
He said that he is already working hard to ensure victory for their party candidate in the by-elections.
Although some of the party members have welcomed the establishment of a new office, others fear it will fuel divisions among members.
Moses Wagaba, the NRM supporter and resident of Central Ward in Kayunga town council, says that the party secretariat should come out and dictate the matter.
Rose Mary Nansubuga Seninde, the Director for Mobilisation in NRM, says that they are yet to resolve various matters creating divisions within the party members in Kayunga to reclaim the party glory in preparation for the next general elections.
She explained that for the time they have camped in Kayunga, they have confirmed that divisions originate from party leaders, not party members.