Chris Baryomunsi, the NRM party vice chairperson for Western Region says independents become extremely disruptive in the previous elections, that if there are legitimate concerns then they need to be addressed without rapturing the party.
Leaders in the National Resistance
Movement-NRM party are concerned about party members opting to run as
independents in the Busongora South parliamentary by-election set for this
The party leaders are worried that the
decision by the party members to go independent will cost the party official flag
bearer Gideon Mujungu and split party support.
NRM is set to face stiff competition from Mbaju Kathika the NUP flag bearer and Aloysius Kighema of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC.
The party also faces challenges from its members; David
Mulindwa Isimbwa who lost his bid for the NRM flag in the 2021 general
election and Barozi Frank Asiimwe who have both picked nomination forms to ran as independents.The two had reportedly agreed to step
down for the NRM flagbearer after meeting president Museveni last month at State House.
Over 10 aspirants have picked nomination
forms for the by-election.
Chris Baryomunsi, the NRM
party vice chairperson for Western Region says independents became extremely disruptive in the previous elections adding that if there
are legitimate concerns then they need to be addressed without rapturing the
they have resolved to meet all aspirants who are leaning to NRM party so that
they can reach consensus before the nomination this week.
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Richard Todwong, the NRM secretary general says the
party’s success in Busongora will largely depend on unity of its members and their desire
to resolve conflicts using internal organs.
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Johnson Kamalha Kalyasa, the Kasese district NRM publicity secretary says there is need for NRM to harmonise on the party members who have opted to run as independents if the party has to win the by-election.
But Keneth Bagonza a member of the
NRM party blames the rise of independents to the NRM’s weak disciplinary and
He says the committees has been made
weak because of interferences in their work by the party chairperson who is
always quick to receive complaints that should have been handled by
“The problems begin with
structures, most independents come in because they want to have a chance to
meet the president and the only sure way is appearing to be big headed…”
Barozi told URN that he
opted to get back in the race after being falsely accused by people including some within the NRM that he had stepped down after being bought-off by the president.
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The parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal nullified the
election of NRM’s Mujungu last month on grounds that the elections
were marred by gross irregularities.
Three Justices of Appeal led by Fredrick Egonda
Ntende overturned the decision of the High Court in Fort Portal and concurred
with Thembo’s rival Jackson Kathika that there were irregularities at
Katunguru Primary school, Katunguru Market, and Busunga Primary school polling
stations in Kasese District.
The Electoral Commission-EC has set August 18 as
the day for the by-election.