Professor's Election in Masindi Sparks off Row

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The election of Professor Nyira Mijumbi as NRM's flag bearer for the Buruuli parliamentary seat in Masindi has stirred a political storm in the district.

Professor Nyira, who campaigned for only two months, was on Sunday declared as the NRM party flag bearer for the parliamentary seat after beating Erisa Kahwa, the incumbent.

Edward Nyakaana, the NRM deputy returning officer for Masindi, declared Nyira winner after he polled 79,020 votes against Kaahwa's 7,517 votes.

The results, released under tight have been rejected by the incumbent MP who accuses the NRM office in Masindi of rigging the vote in favour of professor Nyira.

Kaahwa's spokesperson, Benjamin Byarugaba, says, they have unanimously resolved to join the opposition.

Byarugaba Described the NRM as a rotten party, a one-man affair, inflated with thieves and devoid of democracy. He says that they will neither petition nor contest as independents, but are ready to join another party that will accommodate them.

He says they will uproot the professor from Buruuli come next year.

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But Isaac Kanyamu, the chairperson of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC says his party can accommodate anyone else, but not MP Kaahwa.

Kanyamu says Kaahwa is a national shame, because he is part of those who documented the minority report, to save security minister Amama Mbabazi from the Temangalo scam, in which billions of shillings of National Social Security Fund were misused.

Meanwhile, Professor Nyira, who is largely unpopular to most people in Masindi describes the threats as voices of frustration. He confidently says that whether in or out of opposition; he will still beat whoever is fielded against him.

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Throughout his campaigns, Prof. Nyira, who boasts of being president Museveni's personal friend, drove a 31-year-old Nisaan Datsan car, accompanied by several of his family members.

Until two months ago, Nyira never owned a home in Buruuli and admits that he discovered some of his relatives during the campaigns. People still cannot believe that that Nyira is the brain behind Longe-Five maize breed, as well as the Oil and Petroleum College in Kigumba.

Currently, Nyira is a consultant with the United Nations. He advises the governments of Tanzania, Namibia, Nigera, Ethiopia and others on science economics. He is also the chairman of Gulu University Council appointments board.