KAMPALA – President Museveni has said he will do all it takes to weed out from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) all those members who rigged party primaries.
The President, who is also the chairman of NRM, also vowed to audit the auditors to ensure they were not compromised.
“As Chairman of the NRM, when I was informed of this criminality, I ordered a nationwide audit which has done a good job, for a start. Although the time was short, the audit will continue even after the nomination. Cheating is a crime. Even after you are nominated, you can be indicted in court. I am also auditing the auditors, just in case they are also compromised. All those who committed these crimes, will be held accountable. This is on the Party side,” he said on Monday, 19 October 2020.
The NRM primaries, especially at parliamentary level, were marred by massive rigging, with many aggrieved members choosing to come as independents ahead of the 2021 elections.
But the President said amid these challenges, the party is doing all it can to eliminate the practice, which he said is an ideological issue.
“The practice of cheating is dangerous for peace and development. Why? It is because the elected People do not care and do not bother to solve the problems of the electors (kubakyenuura – to solve problems). Why? It is because they know that they will be “elected”, again, whether they kukyenuura the People in their electorate or not. It also affects budgeting. Elected people start budgeting for other things other than the problems of the People they represent. That is why we had to fight in 1980,” Mr Museveni said.