All signs are visible that the elections will not be free and fair. I am contemplating to run as an independent. The agreement I signed the party no longer stands, says Namukhula.
Two candidates vying for the NRM ticket for the Manafwa woman MP seat have threatened to quit the party primaries citing intimidation from the incumbent Sarah Netalisire. They are Grace Namukhula and Juliet Wanyenya.
Both candidates say they are considering running as independents because there is no level playing ground. â€œAll signs are visible that the elections will not be free and fair. I am contemplating to run as an independent. The agreement I signed the party no longer stands,â€ says Namukhula.
Namukhula expressed her concerns at a joint candidate\'s meeting convened over the weekend at Kaato sub county headquarters in Manafwa District. Her rival Juliet Wanyenya says some candidates have already declared themselves winners even before the elections are held because they claim to be super NRM than others.
â€œThese candidates describe themselves as more NRM than others. They tell us openly that we are wasting our time to compete with them in the race. This has made us to believe that voters have either been corrupted to vote for them or NRM Electoral Commission will rig the election in their favor, so i personally find no basis to enter such a raceâ€ Wanyenya said.
But in her response, Sarah Netalisire the incumbent Manafwa Woman MP says she is not bothered by what her opponents are saying against her. According to Netalisire, she is focused on reminding her electorates what she has done for them and what she intends to do in her next term.
â€œWe should not start scampering here and there that so and so is against my candidature, just tell the people what you want to do for them and they will decide who to vote NRM flag bearer among us,â€ Netalisire told URN in a side interview.