Bundibugyo NRM Members Return Cards Citing Mismanagement of Primaries

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According to Idrisa, initially, Kifunga announced Steven Mugisa as the winners of the Bubukwanga Sub County chairperson NRM party ticket but later altered the results and declared his rival George Baluku.

More than 300 National Resistance Movement-NRM party members in Bundibugyo district have returned their yellow cards to protest the alleged mismanagement of primaries last week. The angry NRM members converged in Bundibugyo Town council on Monday evening and led a procession to the party offices where they dumped their yellow cards.

They accused the Bundibugyo District NRM leadership of altering the party register and results from the just concluded elections of flag bearers for the posts of LC3 chairpersons, municipal and district councilors. Muhammad Idrisa, an NRM party member from Bubukwanga Sub County accuses the Bundibugyo District NRM Registrar Robert Aguma Kifunga of altering the results from their sub county. 

According to Idrisa, initially, Kifunga announced Steven Mugisa as the winners of the Bubukwanga Sub County chairperson NRM party ticket but later altered the results and declared his rival George Baluku. Geoffrey Gafabusa, another party member from Bundibugyo Town Council claims NRM party Electoral officials are creating ground for rigging the election of LC 5 chairperson and parliamentary flag bearers.

Gafabusa alleges that the officials were selective during the registration of party supporters. He says although some party supporters registered, they have not yet received their membership cards. Later in the day, Jolly Tibemanya, the Bundibugyo District LC5 chairperson and woman MP Harriet Ntabazi joined the angry protesters and threatened to return their party cards as well. 

According to Tibamanya, their grievances against the District Registrar and the Electoral Officials started after they misappropriated money meant for mobilisation. Harriet Ntabazi, the District Woman MP has called for the transfer of Kifunga whom he claims is a known supporter of her rival Josephine Babungi. According to Ntabazi, she doubts whether the Registrar will conduct free and fair elections.

 Kifunga denies the allegations and instead accuses some party leaders of fueling confusion amongst members. According to Kifunga, the primaries were free and fair. He advises aggrieved party members to petition the NRM Electoral Commission Chairperson Dr. Tanga Odoi. Uganda Radio Network has learnt from the party officials that Odoi is expected in the district on Friday to address the complaints of the members.