Rakai NRM Administrative Secretary in Trouble of Botched Party Polls

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Joseph Mutajulura, the Rakai NRM Administrative Secretary is in trouble over his alleged involvement in vote rigging. 50 sub county NRM Leaders have signed a petition demanding the removal of Mutajulura from office.

The group includes NRM sub county chairmen and councilors from Kakeeto, Kyebe, Kasasa, Kyotera town council, Kifamba and Kibanda among others. He is accused of conniving with Maria Mutagamba, the minister of Water and Environment to rig the botched party polls.

Joy Mukisa, Rakai District Speaker, says that they want Mutajulura sacked from office immediately to save the party from embarrassment. Mukisa says that they have already informed Amama Mbabazi, the NRM secretary general of their demands.

He says that about 20 NRM candidates who were denied their victory by Mutajulura have been cleared to contest from various sub county seats. According to Mukisa, this shows that Mutajulura and his team were simply selecting NRM candidates instead of voting.

Mukisa says that they want Mutajulura removed from office because he failed to organize free and fair elections, theft of party funds and persecution of NRM supporters.

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The Supporters have also given Minister Maria Mutagamba one week to apologize for spending most of the time with Mutajulura instead of consulting them on the issues affecting them.

But Joseph Mutajulura, Rakai NRM administrative Secretary says that he will not vacate his office because none of the petitioners have powers to evict him because they didn't appoint him.

He denies allegations that he was involved in vote rigging saying that the botched August 30 polls was a national problem.

Mutajulura has threatened to take legal action against Mukisa and his team unless they stop tarnishing his image.

Late last month, a group of NRM supporters led by Mugumya Magulumaali, incumbent Kooki MP stormed Rakai NRM offices and threatened to lynch Mutajulira over the same allegations. Mutajulura and Harriet Nakigoye, the Rakai NRM returning officer who were in office fled from the angry supporters.