By Kweronda Ambrose
Three NRM members of parliament from Kisoro district have maintained their decision to support an independent and not the party candidate in the upcoming by election in Bukimbiri County.
The defiant MPs are Eng Paul Kwizera Bucyana (Kisoro Municipality), John Nizeyimana Kamara (Bufumbira North), and Dr James Nsaba Buturo (Bufumbira East).
These were summoned on Tuesday this week by the NRM National Vice Chairperson Al Hajj Moses Kigongo to explain their decision to oppose Eddie Kwizera Wagahungu as the NRM candidate and instead support Asigario
The MPs were called for a private meeting with Alhaji Moses Kigongo, Deputy NRM Treasurer Jacqueline Kyatuheire and Emmanuel Dombo Lumala the NRM Director of Communications at Ikoro Hotel in Nyakabande sub-county to explain why they escorted Turyagyenda for nomination.
Dombo says the MPs were summoned for contravening the party regulations of not supporting the party flag bearer.
He says that they asked the legislators to bury the hatchet, change their hearts, and support Kwizera.
But the MPs said yesterday, after the meeting that they would not change their stance on the matter.One of them even cited the recent appointment of Hon Norbert Mao, the DP president into cabinet, as part of the reason to snub the NRM candidate.
“I don’t understand why they are forcing us to support Kwizera based on the NRM flag” said Hon Bucyana.
They seem to forget that the Democratic Party
President General was recently awarded a ministerial seat by President Yoweri Museveni yet he is not in the NRM.
On his part Kamara said he would not be intimidated to change his mind and the decision of supporting Turyagyenda. Kamara described Kwizera as “unfit” to hold any leadership seat in Bukimbiri and Kisoro at large
because he uses abusive language and is discriminative based on religion.Voting in Bukimbiri is scheduled to take place on August 11, 2022.