Sodo told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that his decision to withdraw from the race was reached after a series of meetings with President Museveni who asked him to step down for his opponent for purposes of building cohesion both within the party and their family.
Geoffrey Ssewanyana, the mobilization secretary Masaka-Kitengesa Boda boda stage in Masaka town accused the organizers of pocketing part of their mobilization allowances that was disbursed by the president.
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.
Ismail Wagaba, independent candidate for the Mawogola North parliamentary seat, says the internal party disputes have charged the electorates in the area. He says the voters are less willing to give audience to candidates from other shades of opinion despite the fact that they are not part of the dispute.
This was after the party authorities failing to break the stalemate on the official flagbearer pitting President Museveni's Godfrey Aine Kaguta and Foreign Minister Kutesa's daughter Shartsi Nayebare Musherure Kuteesa
He was declared the winner by the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Tanga Odoi on Sunday following the primary elections held on Sunday. Unlike in the past elections when special interest groups elections took place in the same, this time due to COVID-19 pandemic delegates voted from their respective districts and transmitted the results to the NRM Electoral Commission headquarters.
Namujju retained the NRM flag for the Lwengo Woman Parliamentary seat after defeating Dr Sarah Nkonge Muwonge with 46,491 against 28,474 votes. But Sarah Nkonge lodged a petition in Masaka High Court alleging that Namujju used academic qualifications owned by another person to secure her nomination.
Mathias Kasamba, the NRM’s Director for Mobilization argues that the majority of the petitions are largely a result of deliberate conduct of election officers who through collusion, abused their powers to mess-up the process, saying that the party must get rid of such characters if they are to have a clean exercise.
Eriya Kabigumira, the NRM election officer for Musubiiro village alongside five other people have been rushed to various health centers after they were badly beaten by club-wielding men that raided the polling stations.
Nickson Niwagaba, the Sembabule Resident District Commissioner confirms that he has been directed by State House to pass on the summons to leaders for a meeting scheduled for Thursday. Those summoned for the meeting include Shartsi Musherure Kuteesa and Godfrey Aine Kaguta a.k.a Sodo, who are both contesting for Mawogola North constituency.
According to the primary election results announced by the Ibanda District NRM Registrar, Moses Arimwerenga, Beinomugisha got 37,606 votes followed by Kaliisa in second position with 37,439 votes while Margaret Kiboijana came third with 19309 votes.
The 96 animals that were delivered in March by the Office of the Prime Minister under restocking programme were to benefit orphans; widows, people living with HIV/AIDS, child headed homes, persons with disability and elderly persons among others.