Cabinet Minister to Sue NRM for Chaotic Elections

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Perez Ahabwe, the State Minister for Local Government, intends to sue the National Resistance Movement for making a mess of last week's party primary elections. Ahabwe unsuccessfully contested for the NRM ticket to stand for re-election as Rubanda East Member of Parliament. On Sunday, NRM Kabale registrar Morris Kaitaba declared Henry Musasizi the new NRM parliamentary candidate. Musasizi beat his rivals, Perez Ahabwe and Joseph Tindyebwa by a margin of 5,000 votes. In a news conference late on Tuesday, Ahabwe said he would not concede defeat. He claimed to have evidence that Henry Musasizi bribed his way to victory and that both the police and the Kabale NRM office are aware of this. In one incident, Perez Ahabwe accuses Musasizi of bribing people with iron sheets. He told journalists that he attempted to confiscate the iron sheets, but the people who had received them fought back. In the scuffle, his official vehicle was vandalized. The windscreen of the car, registration number UG 28656R was smashed in the fight. The Local Government State Minister said he reported the matter to the police, but nothing was done. He said the Kabale District Police Commander, Charles Sembabulidde, told him the case would be handled at party level. Ahabwe said his petitions to the NRM Kabale office has been ignored. He vowed that if the matter isn't resolved soon, he will sue the NRM, a party of which he is a long-time member. Henry Musasizi, the new NRM representative in Rubanda East, says he doesn't know what the fuss is about. He says the elections were free and fair and people voted for leaders who will represent them well in parliament. Musasizi says he isn't afraid of any eventuality. He says if the election results are cancelled and a new vote is held, he will win again. The party registrar, Morris Kaitaba, says Ahabwe should sue the NRM secretariat which organized the primary elections and he should leave the district office alone.