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
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