According to Kibuule, he is dedicated to serving the party and supporting the official candidates. He says the party is currently undertaking the reconciliation process and asks members to be mindful about fellows who are against such peaceful movements.
The dispute between the Water State Minister
and Mukono North Member of Parliament, Ronald Kibuule and Margret Nakavubu, the
National Resistance Movement Mukono Woman parliamentary candidate is
frustrating efforts to reconcile party members following the disputed primary
The feud between the two started in
the 2015 NRM party primaries where Kibuule endorsed and campaigned for Peace
Kusasira Kanyesigye against Nakavubu. In
just concluded NRM primaries, Kibuule supported Margret Nalugo who lost the
elections but has since bounced back as an independent candidate.
During the campaigns, Kibuule openly
described Nakavubu as a Wolf (Ekibe) that can never be obedient to the party.
He only the other hand referred to Nalugo as a dog (Embwa) that remains loyal to
its master despite the situation. After winning, the primary elections, Nakavubu
promised to ensure Kibuule loses his parliamentary seat in the general elections.
She openly declared her support for
Kibuule’s rival and National Unity Platform candidate, Abdallah Kiwanuka.
Recently, the NRM secretariat launched a countrywide campaign to reconcile the
party members ahead of the campaigns for the 2021 general elections.
The reconciliation campaign is targeting
NRM members who decided to run as independents because of the dissatisfaction from
the primaries. A meeting convened in Mukono over the weekend to reconcile the
hostile camps ended in a fistfight after Kibuule’s supporters attacked
Nakavubu accusing her of mudslinging their candidate for allegedly supporting
According to Kibuule, he is
dedicated to serving the party and supporting the official candidates.
He says the party is currently
undertaking the reconciliation process and asks members to be mindful about fellows
who are against such peaceful movements.
Nakavubu had not kinds for Kibuule. “I
strongly speak; it is that one person who is trying to fail our struggle as a
party just because he wants his personal friends to go through. That is bad
politics we cannot allow,” she said.
Adding that, “It started from our
party primaries but Mukono residents decided that I carry the flag. I still
send a warning to whoever is against the will of the people that come November
9 when we are starting the campaigns that we are also going to deal with you.”
Haji Twahil Ssebaggala, the Mukono
District NRM Party Chairperson, condemns candidates using foul language against
their independent rivals at the time when they are still fighting to convince
them to support the party.
Luganda//Cue in; “Nga abantu mu…
Cue out…tugatako bugasi”//
Fred Bamwiine, the Mukono Resident
District Commissioner is worried that the reconciliation process may be more
chaotic than what was anticipated. He, however, cautions “all politicians
against organising gatherings before notifying security for proper arrangement.”
//Cue in; “Bannabyabufuzi ab'enjuyi…
Cue out…nga tebalina mutawaana”//
David Wantate, a resident at Nama Sub County says the misunderstanding among candidates
puts the party at risk of losing important positions in the district. In Mukono
North County, Kibuule is competing against Abdallah Kiwanuka (NUP), Moses
Lukubira Bakupi (FDC), Isaac Drasi and Thaddeus Nagenda Musoke, both independents.
NRM’s Nakavubu is competing against Nancy Nassimbwa (FDC), Hanifer Nabukeera
(NUP), Merab Nalumu (DP), Sarah Nakintu (ANT), Hadijja Ndagire Nankanja,
Victoria Mwiru, and Margret Nalugo, all independents for the woman