Results from last month’s general election indicate that the NRM performed poorly in the Presidential and Parliamentary polls in the central region. Many of the incumbent MPs including ministers were defeated by rivals from the opposition.
The National Resistance Movement-NRM party has undertaken an audit
on the performance of the party in last month's general elections.
Results from last month’s general election indicate that the NRM
performed poorly in the Presidential and Parliamentary polls in the central
region. Many of the incumbent MPs including ministers were defeated by rivals
from the opposition. They include the Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Haruna Kasolo,
Amelia Kyambadde, Ruth Nankabirwa, Judith Nabakooba, Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo and Rosemary Seninde among others.
High ranking party members attributed their loss to tribalism,
religious sectarianism, and malicious propaganda allegedly spread by opposition
candidates in connivance with some religious leaders and elements within
Buganda Kingdom establishment.
Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, the NRM Vice Chairperson in charge of
Buganda says they have started moving out to interact with all their flag
bearers with intentions of establishing the real factors that haunted the party
in the elections.
He reveals that the party has hired an independent consultant to
help them conduct an independent assessment of the issues that affected the
party other than relying on mere speculations and desperate emotions.
Kiwanda who was addressing former NRM flag bearers for parliamentary
and LCV seats from the greater Masaka sub-region noted that they have designed
a questioner which they are using to seek for honest opinions from the leaders
regarding the party’s performance.
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Kiwanda explains that part of their assessment questioner which is
hypothetical will help the party draw a clear comparison between the political
sentiments by some candidates who lost and the views of other party leaders who
did not compete for any political office.
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Christine Nakyejjwe, who contested for Masaka City Woman MP
position on the NRM ticket has, however, cautioned the party leadership against
blaming their failure to religious and tribal differences, arguing that such
accusations may instead impair their long-relationships with some groups of
people that may feel blackmailed.
“We need to be sensitive while dealing with issues of sectarianism
because they may instead affect our future pursuits. We have been working with
groups of people regardless of the tribal and religious inclinations, our focus
should be on improving people social welfare as a way of attracting people on
our side other than focusing on non-issues,” she noted.
Peter Ssenkungu, the Masaka district NRM chairperson also patron
of party chairpersons in the nine districts of greater Masaka sub-region,
reveals that their preliminary assessments have pointed to unresolved land
disputes and personal characters of arrogance and intrigue as some of the
factors that contributed to the loss of many candidates in the race.
He has challenged the party’s top leadership not to treat the
assessment as a formality but ensure that the issues raised are conclusively
addressed if they are to regain public appeal.