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NRM Losers in Masaka Decry Political Persecution

The candidates argue that ever since the elections were concluded some of them have not yet fully recovered from the political tensions and pain.

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A section of National Resistance Movement-NRM candidates that contested in the general elections are complaining of continued acts of discrimination against them.

The candidates argue that ever since the elections were concluded some of them have not yet fully recovered from the political tensions and pain.

Abubaker Batte, who lost the Nyendo-Mukungwe Division councillor seat representing Katwadde parish, says that they are still facing a hostile environment in the community, rising from the malicious political propaganda that was spread during campaigns. 

He narrates that some sections of the public are still hostile against the NRM candidates, some of whom are suffering discrimination based on their divergent political opinions.

According to Batte, besides the harsh campaign massages used by their opposition counterparts, some of them are paying the prices for the excesses of state’s security agencies that have lately been accused of abducting and torturing opposition supporters.

  //Cue in: (Luganda) “ffe nga abawagira…..  

Cue out; ….mu Masaka waffe.”//

Batte also indicates that such violations that started way back during campaigns have been carried forward, arguing that there is a likelihood of them persisting because the NRM lost the majority of elective positions in the area to the opposition candidates.

   //Cue in: “embeera tekoma…..   

  Cue out; …..kuba bawagira NRM.”//

 Christine Nakyejwe, the NRM flag bearer who lost the race for Masaka City Woman Member of Parliament says many of their colleagues have silently suffered violations committed against them.

She reveals that to date, there are still members of the public who are still pestering them for money that was given to them as campaign facilitation. She explains that the suffering of the NRM candidates and supporters has been overshadowed by the reports of arrests, torture, and abduction committed against the opposition members.  //Cue in: “our rights…..   

  Cue out; ….was physical.”// 

Muhammad Nsubuga, the greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson says they are yet to receive such reports. He says that the politicians should come out and register their complaints with the police rather than suffering in silence.

 He says their teams are currently on high alert to ensure that all people enjoy their rights without unkind disruptions by unauthorized persons and situations.



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