KINKIZI WEST MP KAREBUKA, 3 OTHER ASPIRANTS DELETED FROM YELLOW BOOK AHEAD OF PRIMARIES, PETITION LUMUMBA
By Ronald Kabanza
Political uncertainty is brewing up in Kanungu District after three aspiring candidates were found to be crossed from the NRM voters register with an ink pen.
The issue has raised a storm as the ruling National Resistance Movement gears up for the nomination of it’s candidates to contest at different levels of political leadership.
www.mknewslink.com learnt that Kinkizi West Member of Parliament James Kaberuka Ruggi and 3 other LC 5 Aspiriants have all been crossed out from the NRM voters register without clear explanation.
Kaberuka said that the crossing out of names from the NRM voters register was being done by some people who fear the voice of the majority.
He added that these very maneuvers were employed in 2015 party primaries and 2016 general elections but were defeated.
The other affected people include Caleb Tumwesimire Kipande, Zepher Mugisha and Kenneth Tumuhamye all who are aspiring to contest for the Kanungu LC 5 Chairman’s seat.
Kenneth Tumuhamye is the current Kanyantorogo Sub County LC 3 Chairman, Zepher Mugisha is the current LC 3 Chairman Kihihi Town Council and are both on Independent ticket while Caleb Tumwesimire Kipande is the immediate former Kayonza Growers Tea Factory in Kanungu District.
After learning about this political mischief aimed at alienating them from participating in the NRM primaries, the 4 have since written to the Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba requesting for her explanation on the anomaly.
In a letter dated July 25th 2020, the four aspirants requested the Secretary General to intervene and clear the air about this anomaly.
The petition is also copied to the National Chairman of the NRM, the Chairman of Election Commission in NRM, the Resident District Commissioner Kanungu, the District Police Commander and NRM District Registrar Kanungu.
When contacted, the NRM Director of Information and Communication Hon Dombo Emmanuel said that the NRM Secretariat is yet to get the petition from the affected people.
Kanungu Resident District Commissioner Hajji Shaffigue Ssekandi held a closed door meeting yesterday at Kanungu district headquarters with the affected people and advised them to contact the authorities in NRM party before it’s too late.
Kanungu District NRM Chairman Godfrey Karabenda told www.mknewslink;com that he is not sure at which point the names were crossed and the matter has been forwarded to the NRM Secretariat for investigation and father handling.
Karabenda who is also the Kanungu Town Council Chairman, added that it’s reported that the affected persons had at one time left the party.
In September 2019, Kanungu politicians who are reported to have left the party met President Yoweri Museveni at his Rwakitura home who welcomed them back to the NRM and asked them to work for the party.
However, the crossing of the name of the 4 politicians from the NRM voters’ book has created new tension in Kanungu District with a cross section of voters saying that some powerful people are using underhand methods to undermine them.
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