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Chaos Overshadows NRM As EC Postpones Nominations In Bukanga :: Uganda Radionetwork

Chaos Overshadows NRM As EC Postpones Nominations In Bukanga

As the party leadership ponders the next move ahead of today’s nominations, demonstrations have already broken out as kangwagye’s supporters protest the approval of Nathan Byanyima as the NRM Flag Bearer.

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Discontent emerges among NRM supporters in Bukanga County, Isingiro district as a cross-section reject the chosen party Flag Bearer in upcoming polls, Nathan Byanyima.

Byanyima was announced Flag Bearer last week after trouncing eight contenders. However his closest contender Steven Kangwagye rejected the outcome of the process prompting a probe led by NRM Vice Chairman Alhajji Moses Kigongo.

As the party leadership ponders the next move, demonstrations have already broken out as kangwagye’s supporters protest the approval of Nathan Byanyima as the NRM Flag Bearer.

They stormed the party headquarters in Kabingo Trading Centre last evening demanding an official explanation as to why their candidate was denied victory yet he led in all the sub counties except two.

Isingiro district NRM Chairman Major Steven Rwakanuuma accuses Professor Elijah Mushemeza, the vice chairman of the party’s electoral commission for overturned the results and announcing a candidate with lesser votes.

He maintains that the outcome of the exercise was null and void and adds that the party does not have an official candidate in the race.

Cue…………….as I speak as of now//

Cue Out..............They talked to the people//

Rwakanuuma also demands that NRM sacks Prof.LIJA Mushemeza from the position of EC Vice Chairman for causing disharmony in the ruling party and creating confusion among the constituents.

Cue………Honestly everybody was schocked//

Cue out.......Byanyima won the election//

Meanwhile Steven Kangwagye attacks his rival Nathan Byanyima for what he called mortgaging Bukanga to outsiders like Mushemeza whose interest was money and not elections. Kangwagye has also picked nomination forms ahead of the nomination exercise today.

Cue in…………….Personally i was not declared//

Cue out.................. to call himself a flag bearer//.


The Party’s Electoral Commissioner Prof. Elijah Mushemeza could not be reached for comment.

However, when contacted for comment, Engineer Nathan Byanyima said he has not been cleared by the party leadership to hold the flag in the forthcoming parliamentary race, but he is confident he genuinely won the primaries.

Meanwhile, the other six candidates who lost in Bukanga county parliamentary bi-elections have threatened to challenge the party and stand as independent candidates if the NRM electoral commission does not nullify the results or arrange for free elections.

The candidates; Abahaire David Taremwa, Honorato Muhanguzi, Birungi Kamurare, Johnbosco Mubiru and Matsiko Kyampa and Aaron Turahi want to take back the NRM cards and look for an independent representative whom they will front if the electoral commission does solve their grievances.

Abahaire told Uganda Radio network that there were a lot of electoral malpractices cropped by the two leading candidates Nathan Byanyima and Steven Kangwagye besides the party’s electoral commission officials taking sides.


Cue in …....There was massive rigging//

Cue out.....true reflection of the people//.

Meanwhile, Nominations for the Bukanga County by-election, which were scheduled for today (Tuesday) and tomorrow have been postponed to November 11 and 12.

Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission spokesperson, said yesterday that the exercise had been pushed ahead because of delays by the government to release funds for facilitating the process.

“Funds to facilitate the by-election have been delayed. As we speak we have not yet received money for the exercise yet nominations were scheduled for today (November 5) and tomorrow. Funds will be ready by the end of this week. We have pushed the exercise ahead to get the money (from the Ministry of Finance),” Taremwa says


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