Lawrence Jjumba, the polling agent of the Bukomansimbi National Unity Platform-NUP LC V Chairperson candidate’s race at Meeru polling station, says soldiers raided the polling station and forced the presiding officer to handover three ballot paper booklets, which they ticked in favour of NRM candidates and stuffed them in the boxes.
The NRM cohesion in Bukomansimbi was affected by controversies that marred the party primary elections, that resulted into a section of party leaders rejecting some flag bearers who they say were not genuinely elected.
During the rally, Ssentamu declared his defection to NUP and took off time to campaign against Youth and Children Affairs State Minister, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, who is also the NRM candidate for Bukomansimbi Woman parliamentary seat, whom she previously mobilized for in Kitanda Sub County.
The charged NUP supporters attempted to block the arrest of the defectors prompting police to fire teargas and live bullets in the air to disperse them before roughing up Alex Ssempijja and Abdul Ssentamu.
The party’s top leadership is struggling to constitute campaign coordination committees for their presidential candidate in districts of the greater Masaka sub-region as more of their lower structure leaders decline to take up the responsibilities in favour of the National Unity Platform’s NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
The political dispute arises from the party's Elections Tribunal which nullified the election of Hajji Idi Lubyayi Kisiki as the MP Bukomansimbi North constituency and declared the incumbent Ruth Katushabe as the NRM flag bearer.
The petitioners led by Shafick Mwanje the Bukomansimbi NRM District Chairperson and Alex Ssekigudde, the Youth Council Chairperson among others are challenging the tribunal’s ruling which overturned results of Bukomansimbi North Constituency parliamentary flag bearer.
This is the second time the District has suffered a burglary in a space of five months. During the first incident, in April, thugs went away with 90 pairs of gumboots that had been procured for Village Health Teams.
Joseph Sseruuma, a resident of Kasota village says a lot of medical waste that includes among others; cotton wool, gloves, syringes and needles, gauze pads, razor blades and other solid medical wastes are accumulating in swamps where they pose serious threats to residents. He says there are people who use the cover of darkness to dump waste in Kyojja swamp.
John Bosco Wavamuno, the Chairperson of Mukunyu village says that they were shocked by the grave inequalities between the number of students in need and the materials delivered. He says that his area received only 481 copies out of a total of 5,129 students in primary and secondary schools who need the materials in the parish.