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Nelson Sadam Abili, the official NRM candidate, says some NRM party leaders in the district including the incumbent Kwania area MP Tonny Ayo have rallied behind his rival, Okello Onac, a charge the MP has vehemently denied.
Independent Kwania LCV candidate Bazil Okello Onac speaking to electorates during a campaign rally organized by NRM district leaders Photo by Solomon Okabo

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National Resistance Movement- NRM party leaders in Kwania district are on the spot for allegedly abandoning their candidate for the LC V chairperson’s seat in favor of his independent rival.

The party leaders are accused of supporting Bazil Okello Onac, an independent candidate and incumbent district interim LC V Chairperson against the NRM party candidate, Nelson Sadam Abili, who is visually impaired.  

Abili won the NRM party flag after garnering 12,357 votes against his rivals, Jimmy Anthony Oyuku, the former Bushenyi district police commander who polled 8,940 votes and former UPDF officer, Benjamin Daniel Emor who garnered 1,833 votes.  

He is now battling Bazil Okello Onac, Geoffrey Amoni both independents, UPC’s Alex Geoffrey Ogwal Adyebo and Aggrey Jackson Etwop from the Alliance for National Transformation party.

Nelson Sadam Abili, the official NRM candidate, says some NRM party leaders in the district including the incumbent Kwania area MP Tonny Ayo have rallied behind his rival, Okello Onac, a charge the MP has vehemently denied.  

The candidate says his attempts to petition the party chairperson Sam Omara Angai to have the matter settled amicably has hit a snug.  He says the party might lose in the general elections should the trend continue.  

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Sammy Omara Angai, the Kwania District NRM party Chairperson dismissed the claims, saying his office hasn’t received any evidence on the matter. Omara asked Abili to put his complaint in writing for propped investigations and harmonization.

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He said as party leaders in the district they often advise NRM candidates to campaign together to reduce the campaign costs.

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Chapter Three (5) (e) of NRM party constitution says that membership of a member stops if he or she is found in breach of the code, which specifically bars members from campaigning for a candidate sponsored by another political organisation or party, offering material support to a candidate sponsored by another political organisation or party, and campaigning against the official candidate of NRM.

Controversy within the NRM party leadership in Kwania dates back to on May 16, 2019, when the Kwania district LC V Chairperson, Bazil Okello Onac also a staunch UPC member reportedly seconded a resolution endorsing Museveni as the sole candidate for the fourth coming elections.

The motion to endorse Museveni was moved by Oyam district NRM Chairperson, Patrick Ogwal Ojok and seconded by Okello Onac, the Kwania LCV Chairperson, which didn’t go down well with some NRM members in his district.