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Independents Decline to Stand Down For NRM Party Candidates :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Independents Decline to Stand Down For NRM Party Candidates

Engineer Sam Arinaitwe Kajojo, an independent candidate for Kanungu district LC 5 chairperson’s seat, said there is no need for reconciliation since there is no enmity between him and the NRM candidate and other candidates in general.
National Resistance Movement-NRM primary election losers in Kanungu who decided to run as independents have rejected a proposal by the Secretariat to step down for the official party candidates.  

The aggrieved party members stated their position in a meeting held at Kinkizi high in Kanungu municipality on Sunday chaired by the NRM Worker’s League Chairperson, James Tweheyo and Ntungamo woman Member of Parliament Beatrice Rwakimaari.

  Engineer Sam Arinaitwe Kajojo, an independent candidate for Kanungu district LC 5 chairperson’s seat, said there is no need for reconciliation since there is no enmity between him and the NRM candidate and other candidates in general. Kajojo explained that as a member of the ruling party he will continue canvassing support for their presidential candidate, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

He faulted the party leadership for  the entire mess that transpired in the primaries, saying there is need to change the way the party is run. Gregory Mugabe, an independent candidate for the Kinkizi West  parliamentary seat, said it is too late for reconciliation since the party neglected their petitions to the Elections Disputes Tribunal and now that nominations have already been conducted they cannot do much.  

He, however, said they remain loyal party members and if they are to engage in any reconciliation, it will be after the 2021 election. The incumbent Kanungu District woman MP, Elizabeth Karungi also said the reconciliation session is too late, adding that most of their grievances from the primaries were never looked into. She revealed that the process ought to have been undertaken immediately after the party primaries.

Deus Nkwasibwe who is also known as Omusisa, who was nominated to run as an independent for Kinkizi East parliamentary seat skipped the reconciliation of the meeting. In a statement issued on Sunday morning, Nkwasibwe explained that he decided to skip the meeting because the issues he presented to the NRM Secretariat in his petition were never addressed.