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NRM District Chairpersons Protest Interference by RDCs in Women Elections

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According to the NRM chairpersons, the party membership is currently in utter confusion about who has the mandate to lead processes for the constituting internal women councils between the office of the Resident District Commissioners-RDCs and the party structures.
09 Jun 2022 07:29
Masaka district NRM Chairperson Peter Ssenkungu (C) and his Bukomansimbi counterpart Shafick Mwanje (R) and Sulaiman Lutakome for Kalangala. They protest interference of RDC in internal elections

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 National Resistance Movement-NRM party chairpersons in districts in the greater Masaka region are protesting the interference of Resident District Commissioners in the primaries for the candidates for the women's council committee polls.

According to the NRM chairpersons, the party membership is currently in utter confusion about who has the mandate to lead processes for the constituting internal women councils between the office of the Resident District Commissioners-RDCs and the party structures.  

Peter Ssenkungu, the Masaka District NRM Chairperson and the Coordinator of Party Chairpersons in the Central region accuses the RDCs of overstepping their mandate by setting out to start conducting the internal party processes to elect women council committees. 

Ahead of the National women councils’ elections from villages to district levels, which the Electoral Commission has scheduled to take place between July and August, the NRM has also preferred to conduct its internal women's council elections through, which they will elect the party candidate.

Ssenkungu argues that to their shock, the internal party elections processes are being hijacked by the RDCs and the District Internal Security Officers-DISOs in total disregard of the existing party structures, a situation that is causing unbearable confusion among the membership. 

He attributes the controversy to an underlying administrative tension between the Office of the President and the Party Secretariat, saying this may gravely affect their performance in the forthcoming polls. 

//Cue in; “tulowooza nti ebikolebwa…  

Cue out; ….bannanyini bya bufuzi.”//  

Hajj Sulaiman Lukakome, the NRM Chairperson for Kalangala district is equally angry about what he describes as the deliberate sidelining of the party leadership despite their responsibility in strengthening the party support base. 

Lutakome argues that entrusting security organs with the responsibility of mobilizing for the party is instead going to create conflicting command structures, which will stir more divisions among leaders and party membership.  

//Cue in: “embeera eyatutuukako…. 

Cue out; ….gyetutamanyi bulungi,”//

Twaha Kiganda Ssonko, the Kalungu District NRM Chairperson, who doubles as the Petron for the National Districts Party’s Chairpersons League shares similar frustrations. He has called upon the party National Chairperson Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to urgently intervene in the situation to defuse the controversy.

He says that as leaders, they are currently stuck on how to proceed with the internal election processes warning that unless this is resolved, the brewing controversy may cost the party in the forthcoming national women's councils elections.  

//Cue in: “ensonga eno….  

Cue out:; …ekibiina,”//   

Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson has asked the party Chairpersons and all Registrars not to participate in any election-related activities being coordinated outside his office, saying the reported interference by the RDCs is misguided. 

According to Odoi, the mix-up has been brought to the attention of the party’s top management and the National Party Chairperson who are expected to provide guidance on the same.