MASINDI. The first joint rally for Masindi Municipality NRM parliamentary candidates on Thursday aborted after three contenders walked away accusing the incumbent MP and minister for Bunyoro Affairs, Mr Ernest Kiiza, of flouting the guidelines.
Mr Rogers Byamukama, Mr Geoffrey Ijuka and Mr Moses Kirungi left the venue at Biizi Primary School in Nyangahya Division, saying they could not address people in a hostile environment.
Mr Byamukama accused Mr Kiiza of bringing a music system, alcohol and ferrying people from other areas to the venue contrary to the party rules. He also said there was no presiding officer at the campaign venue.
Masindi District party registrar Godfrey Mugisa told Sunday Monitor by telephone that Mr Kiiza’s action was against the party guidelines.
“All the candidates know what we agreed on. Unfortunately, I am not the arresting officer,” he said.
Mr Mugisa said he had appointed an official to preside over the rally which had been scheduled to start at 2pm but by 4pm nobody had come to preside over it.
Immediately Mr Kiiza’s music system arrived at the school compound, pupils jumped out of classrooms and started dancing.
The deputy headteacher, Ms Elizabeth Kyomugisa, said she had been shocked by the incident.
“First of all we were not informed earlier that the rally will be held here but there is no way we can stop it,” she said.
Ms Kyomugisa said teaching was disrupted because teachers could not control the dancing pupils.
Mr Kiiza, who remained at the school, instead told the gathering that his political opponents had feared him and fled.
mukono NRM party members fight over underage voters
There was drama on Wednesday in Lwanyonyi village Mukono District when some NRM members fought over underage children who were allowed to vote in the party primaries.
NRM supporters who had come to participate in Lwanyonyi elections discovered that the organisers and crime preventers had allowed unregistered children aged below 15 to vote certain candidates. Supporters of rival candidates started fighting.
Some NRM members said children who were about 50 were smuggled in by one of the candidates for the post of Local Council I chairperson.
They said 300 voters were registered but 350 people voted. However, elections were finally held and George Lulwa beat William Etyanga to become NRM flag bearer for the LCI chairperson post.