SSEMBABULE – The ruling NRM Electoral Commission has called off party primary elections for Mawogola North constituency after escalation of violence between supporters of the opposing NRM camps.
Ms Shartsi Musherure, the daughter to the Foreign Affairs Minister and incumbent Mawogola North MP Sam Kutesa is vying for the NRM flag against Mr Godfrey Aine Kaguta, a younger brother to NRM party Chairman, President Museveni.
NRM Electoral Commission chief Tanga Odoi has confirmed on Friday morning that the party had suspended the election pitting Shartsi against Sodo, after escalation of violence, the second NRM party primary being postponed in Ssembabule district.
On Thursday, Mr. Odoi announced that the party had suspended the polls the NRM flagbearer for Mawogola West after escalation of violence between supporters of the current MP, Joseph Ssekabiito Kitayimbwa, who has been taken on by Anifa Kawooya, the district Woman MP. Ms Kawooya was injured in the violence.
Ssembabule NRM primaries have been a hotbed of violence with the Lwemiyaga poll pitting Minister Joy Kabatsi against Theodre Ssekikubo causing tensions.
The tensions forced the deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeeyi to rush and camp in the area.
In the run up to today’s primaries, the camps of both Ms Musherure and Mr. Kaguta, last Saturday fought at Lugusuulu Subcounty headquarters in Sembabule district with each camp accusing the other of trying to fix new names into the NRM party registers for selfish gains.
The NRM candidates who had converged at the Subcounty hall in a meeting organized by the Sembabule district NRM party registrar Mr Godfrey Katokozi to attend to allegations of infighting within the NRM camps did not wait for the meeting to end when Ms Shartsi Musherule raised a complaint against Mr Godfrey Aine Kaguta and his supporters whom she accused of trying to find ways of rigging the NRM primary election using the registers.
The situation worsened when Mr Godfrey Aine stormed the meeting and accused the registrar of failing to officially invite him at the meeting.
The clash left several supporters injured as police was rendered powerless in a meeting that had Special Forces soldiers guarding some of the candidates.
Ssembabule District NRM chairperson Mr. Sam Kutesa in an interview with the Daily Monitor blamed the chaos on one of the candidates Mr Godfrey Aine Kaguta claiming that Kaguta has failed to master the art of conversing for support.