The high number
of independent candidates in Manafwa and Bududa districts has raised concern
among National Resistance Movement-NRM party officials. According to the local
party officials, almost all those who lost in the NRM primaries have bounced
back as independents.
officials say the independent candidates have numerical strength and stand
higher chances of trouncing the official candidates should the national NRM
party leadership fail to convince them to stand down.
This comes a
few days after President, Yoweri Museveni, who also doubles as the NRM party
chairperson sanctioned a reconciliation committee to traverse the country to reunite
the party members and ask those who lost in the primaries to withdraw their
majority of NRM leaning candidates in Manafwa and Bududa districts have
declined to stand down in favour of the official candidates, saying they were
cheated in the primaries.
Charles Walimbwa Peke, the Manafwa District NRM
Chairperson, says they are facing a challenge from independent candidates.
Catherine Wakwaale, the Bududa District NRM Women League Chairperson, says, independents
are weakening the party because of their potential to divide the votes with the
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Mary Goretti Kitutu, the Energy and Mineral Development Minister and Incumbent
Manafwa District Woman MP, says the return of the primary election losers as independents
depicts a bad picture of the party.
She says that in the entire Bugisu region,
it is only the State Minister of Cooperatives, Gafabusa Welikhe who declared
support for his rival after losing the primaries.
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District NRM Chairperson, Charles Walimbwa Peke, says the time for friendship
with the independent candidates is over, saying they will only support the
official party candidates.
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party leaders, the Speaker of Parliament who also doubles as the Second NRM
National Vice Chairperson, Rebecca Kadaga said although everyone has a right to
associate and they can’t force anyone to support or belong to a party, the act
of returning as independents after losing in the primaries isn’t viable and
weakens multi-party in the country.