Sembabule Tense ahead of Residual NRM Primaries

Security has been heightened in Sembabule district ahead of Wednesday’s residual NRM parliamentary primaries in Mawogola North and Mawogola West constituencies.

NRM Chairman, Yoweri Museveni called off the elections in the two constituencies within hours to the September 4 polls due to widespread violence that left several people injured and properties vandalized.

President Museveni’s young brother, Godfrey Aine Kaguta aka Sodo is competing with his daughter-in-law, Shartsi Musherure Kutesa, a daughter to Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa, for the NRM parliamentary flag in Mawogola North.

The two contenders are reportedly misusing their access to the state security apparatus to brutalise each other’s supporters.

The third candidate in the race is Salim Kisekka who has repeatedly called-on President Museveni to ask his relatives to withdraw the guns from the district.

 The deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP), Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi has pitched camp in the district to directly coordinate security throughout the election exercise.   

Muzeyi arrived on Monday and spent the bigger part of the day in closed meetings with local police commanders at the district headquarters to whom he issued strict instructions to avert any forms of violence in the area. 

Truckloads of heavily army personnel were driven into the district on Sunday to reinforce the local deployments.

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka regional Police Spokesperson said that the deputy IGP has moved in purposely to secure the area of any eventualities that may interfere with peace in the area.

He explained that the deputy IGP moved in ahead of time to engage the officers on how to better execute their responsibilities of maintaining stability throughout the election exercise that has created excitement in the area.

Notably, the heated political contest is to replace Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kuteesa as Mawogola North county Member of Parliament, a position he is retiring from after he chose to give up on elective politics.

In the newly created Mawogola West, the incumbent Mawogola MP Joseph Ssekabiito is facing outgoing Woman MP Anifa Kawooya Bangirana.

However, the contest has since turned chaotic as supporters of either camp has become aggressive.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the NRM electoral commission, Dr. Tanga Odoi has also announced that he is going to directly take charge of the election in the area as well as make new deployments on the election officers to avoid possibilities of manipulation.

He has however tasked the candidates to restrain their supporters against any forms of lawlessness.

Additional reporting by Sadab Kitatta.

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