He says Joseph Mukasa Ssewava is confusing voters to support his girlfriend Nantongo, claiming that she was endorsed by president, Yoweri Museveni. Kasolo contends that president, Yoweri Museveni is the NRM party chairman and cant send Ssewava who being investigated for car theft.
Police rescuing Cissy Nantongo supporter from supporters of Rachael Nakitende
Blackmail and intrigue have marred the National Resistance Movement primary campaigns in Kyotera district. On Tuesday, NRM party members in Kyotera are expected to vote their candidates for the woman parliamentary seat.
Those vying for the NRM party ticket include Rachael Nakitende, Cissy Nantongo and Dalia Nanyange. However, the campaigns are marred by intrigue and blackmail. There were fierce clashes between Rachael Nakitende and those of Cissy Nantongo in Kakuuto trading center on Friday evening forcing police to intervene to calm down the situation.
It all started after some party members accused Haruna Kasolo, the Micro Finance State Minister for favoring Nakitende because of their close relationship. Another group also accused Joseph Ssewava Mukasa, the chief campaigner of Cissy Nantongo of campaigning for her because she is his girlfriend.
They also accused him of drawing out his gun and threatening to shoot those opposed Nantongo's candidature. Fred Busulwa, who is allied to Nakitende claims that Ssewava has hired goons from Kampala, Lyantonde and Masaka to destablise the campaigns.
He says they have filed a complaint to police over the same. Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, the Kyotera District NRM Chairman, says he had decided to keep a low profile in the primaries but he has now decided to come out after intercepting some goons from Wakiso intimidating voters.
He says Joseph Mukasa Ssewava is confusing voters to support his girlfriend Nantongo, claiming that she was endorsed by president, Yoweri Museveni. Kasolo contends that president, Yoweri Museveni is the NRM party chairman and can't send Ssewava who being investigated for car theft.
"Ssewava was recently arrested for theft of a vehicle, President Museveni cannot deal with such a mafia and thug," Kasolo told URN on phone. But in his response, Ssewava also accused Kasolo of fronting his girlfriend, Rachael Nakitende.
''That man Kasolo is dividing NRM party supporters in Kyotera by sidelining those who don't support his girlfriend Nakitende. We know she is his girlfriend. That is why he is giving police and NRM leaders in Kyotera orders to ensure that Nakitende wins, '' Mukasa said.
Mukasa, who denied any sexual relationship with Nantongo, said he went to Kyotera to ensure victory for the ruling party, because DP candidates are threatening to take it up. "I expected Minister Kasolo as party chairman in the district to ensure unity to win all seats and chairs in Kyotera but this man is biased, '' Mukasa noted.
Cissy Nantongo has dismissed all the allegations leveled against her camp. She claims that when Nakitende's group claimed that they have guns; police searched for them in vain. "I am very peaceful but that group wants to smear my name because I am a strong contender, ''Nantongo said.
John Bosco Tamale, the Kyotera District NRM Administrative Secretary has called for peaceful elections, saying he doesn't expect conflicts.