KANUNGU- 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.
This Online Publication has learnt that Kinkizi West Member of Parliament James Kaberuka Ruggi and 3 other LC 5 Aspiriants have been crossed out from the NRM voters register without clear explaination.
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 mischef aimed at aleinating them from participating in the NRM primaries, the 4 have since written to the Secretary General Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba requesting her to explain the anormally.
According to a letter dated July 25th 2020, the four aspirants requested the Secretary General to intervene and clear the air about this anormally.
“We have confirmed that our names have been crossed from our village NRM register, yet we are Aspiring candidates on different positions in the forth coming NRM primary elections, it’s our humble request to know from your office the reasons for crossing our names and we kindly request for intervations in this serious matter” The petition from the 3 addressed to Secretary General of NRM reads in parts.
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.
In 2015 the then NRM District Registrar John Byaruhanga was on spot for announcing wrong results for some of the NRM winners which took the intervantion of President Museveni who ordered the NRM Electoral Commission to revisist the results declaration and announce the right results .
It’s now suspected that that the invisible person who was behind the announcement of wrong results is the same person behind the crossing on names of aspirants from the NRM register.
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.
“We shall receive it and study it and that is when we shall give out the official communication” Hon Dombo said.
It’s also reported that Kanungu Resident District Commissioner Hajji Shaffigue Ssekandi held a closed door meeting 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 this Online Publication 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, however said 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.
Early this month President Museveni also held a meeting with 27 NRM Members of Parliament who did not vote for the removal of Age Limit from the Constitution who included Kinkizi West Legislator Hon James Kaberuka and is alleged to forgiven them and allowed them to fully participate in party elections without any one stopping them.
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.
When contacted Kinkizi West MP Hon James Kaberuka said that the crossing out of names from the NRM voters register was being done by some people who are fearing the voice of the majority.
Hon Kaberuka said that this very manouvers were employed in 2015 party primaries and 2016 general elections but the perpetrators were defeated.
“We shall not only defend them but we are going to expose their dirty dealings which are aimed at stiffling majority people’s voice” Kaberuka told this Online Publication.
A legal mind whom this Online Publication contacted for a comment on this story said that Kanungu is known as a hot bet for ruling NRM and the Chairman of the party will not not allow some people to divide the voters.