number of National Resistance Movement-NRM party members opting to run as
independents in Mukono district in the next general election is giving the party
The officials are worried that the decision by the party
members to go independent will split party support and affect their efforts to
win as many positions as possible.
giving the party officials headache is Micdad Mulimira who lost his bid for the
NRM flag for the Mukono Mayoral seat to Dr. Daisy Ssonko and the incumbent LC 5
Chairperson, Andrew Ssenyonga and his vice chairperson, Steven Mufuuwa who lost
to Haji Haruna Ssemakule and Eva Nantongo respectively.
percent of the losers in the NRM primaries have decided to contest as independents
and have already produced campaigns posters. Sserugga Lubega, the Mukono
District NRM Administrator faults the aspirants for making haste decisions,
which he says is likely to affect the party.
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Ssebaggala, the Mukono District NRM Party Chairperson wonders why the losers have
decided to run yet the primary elections were peaceful. He asks the losers to
calm down and return to the party.
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But Andrew Ssenyonga,
the incumbent Mukono LC V Chairperson, says the party betrayed him when they
accepted to declare his opponent as the winner of the primaries and ignored his
complaints of electoral malpractice.
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Mufuuwa accuses the party leadership of sectarianism. He claims that since the entire
executive committee is dominated by members of one religion he didn’t mention
and tribesmen, personnel feelings and interests became inevitable.
“Since they confirmed that they no longer need
us, we also have nothing to do in their party,” Mufuuwa said. Mukono isn’t
the only district to register election losers threatening to run as
independents following the contested NRM primary elections.