NRM Aspirant Quits Primaries Over Army Involvement

The KCCA Councillor aspirant says he is withdrawing from the party to contest as an independent. The party however accuses him of indiscipline and says Denis Kanyali has been disqualified.
Kanyali was arrested last week at Nakasero village NRM primaries

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An NRM aspirant for councilor to Kampala Capital City Authority has quit the race accusing the party Electoral Commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi of favouritism.

Denis Kanyali says he petitioned the party electoral commission to nullify primaries elections in Standard Village in Nakasero over the alleged involvement of soldiers.

Kanyali says after his petition, the elections in the village were suspended and a hearing would be instituted so that soldiers can be removed from the party register. However in a meeting on Saturday, he was told he had been disqualified from the race.

Kanyali says he is opting out of the NRM primaries and will contest as an independent candidate.

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Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on phone, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson Dr. Tanga Odoi said Kanyali has been disqualified from the race because of indiscipline. Odoi says Kanyali is a registered member of Summit View, but instead went to disorganize elections in Standard Village, Nakasero.

Last week, the Chief of Defence Forces, General Katumba Wamala wrote to the NRM Electoral Commission over nomination of serving UPDF officers in the NRM primaries. Although the names of the soldiers who were nominated were not mentioned in the letter, the CDF said it contravenes the law that bars the serving army officers and personnel from engaging in partisan politics.

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