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NRM Members in Lyantonde to Contest As Independents

At least seventeen members have decided to defy the party’s constitution and run as independent candidates for various elective positions in the 2021 general elections.

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Several National Resistance Movement- NRM party members in Lyantonde District will not contest in the party primaries citing alleged intrigue and manipulation of the electoral process.

At least seventeen members have decided to defy the party’s constitution and run as independent candidates for various elective positions in the 2021 general elections.

They include; Dan Lubega and Bruhane Matigo for Kabula County MP seat, Rahma Saad Najjagwe for Lyantonde Woman MP, Cleophas Tukamarwa for LCV Chairperson, Kalule Mustapha and Sadat Waligo Sadat for Lyantonde Town council among several others seeking to become councillors. 

According to Tukamarwa, they will stay away from the party primaries due to the intrigue and deliberate manipulation that may unfairly frustrate their prospects in the internal party processes.

He indicates that the party’s internal systems in the area were personalized by the incumbent leaders.

Tukamarwa also explains that there is also a lot of public discomfort with the open voting system that the party embraced for the primaries.

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Najjagwe says her decision to stay away from the party primaries was due to unfairness that usually mars the processes. She adds that she has less trust in the local party leadership that is charged with overseeing the primaries.

Waligo argues that the party’s internal election processes are usually characterized by irregularities that frustrate the young generation that aspire for leadership.  He says although they are not denouncing the party, they cannot accept to be frustrated by irregularities largely perpetrated by a few selfish individuals who may deny the new generation an opportunity of taking over leadership.

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Eriya Ssewandigi, the NRM Chairperson for Lyantonde declined to comment on the concerns of the party members. He says that the party is doing everything possible to conduct credible elections.

He has also warned the independents against the continued use of party colours and symbols on their campaign posters, saying it will not be tolerated.        

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