Otafiire Accuses Mbabazi of Bribing Voters Using Party Funds

Two days to the election of the NRM secretary general, Kahinda Otafiire, one of the contestants, has launched a scathing criticism against Amama Mbabazi, the incumbent secretary general

Campaigning this evening at Namboole Stadium, Otafiire accused his cabinet and party colleague Mbabazi, of using party resources to bribe delegates to vote for him in the Sunday elections.

He alleged that Mbabazi was given money by the NRM secretariat to facilitate the delegates' stay in Namboole but has opted to distribute that money as if it is from his own sources.

Otafiire addressed several meetings, moving from one group of about 100 delegates to another, in the company of well-built young mobilisers who kept shouting praises in his name.

At a large tent where a group of youths waiting for their own league elections on Friday sat, Otafiire alleged that Mbabazi had given out 100,000 to delegates from Northern Uganda, 200,000 to those from Buganda while those from Western Uganda received shillings 300,000.

He wondered what criteria the secretary general had used to give more money to delegates from Western and Buganda regions than to those from Northern.

Otafiire however refused to distribute money to the cheering delegates saying that the party has enough money to facilitate the conference activities.

Mbabazi has not yet commented on the matter, as he would not be reached on phone.

One of his mobile phones went through but he could not answer while that of his trusted aide, Emmy Katabazi was switched off.

Mbabazi had earlier in the afternoon also campaigned at Namboole, leaving the venue at about 6pm.

Other contestants in the hotly contested race include University lecturer, Elijah Mushemeza, Vice President Gilbert Bukenya and MP Theodore Ssekikubo.