Controversy Surrounds Koboko North NRM Flag Bearer

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East African Legislative Assembly representative, Nusura Tiperu produces a document indicating she is the National Resistance Movement party flag bearer for Koboko North. In earlier results, Tiperu had lost to Elly Asiku, who was declared flag bearer by the same registrar who signed results produced by Tiperu.

Controversy surrounds the position of the National Resistance Movement party flag bearer for Koboko North County, ahead of the president's visit on today.

The controversy came to light on Monday afternoon during a meeting held at Koboko district council hall.

At the meeting, East African Legislative Assembly representative Nusura Tiperu, distributed new election results showing she was the flag bearer for Koboko North County.

Tiperu had initially been declared runner up to Elly Asiku. 

The new results sheet bears an alleged signature of the district NRM registrar, James Metaloro, who had declared Elly Asiku as winner, a day after the primary elections were held. 

When Asiku was declared flag bearer, he had polled 6,430 votes against Tiperu's 4,964. The new results distributed by Tiperu shows she polled 6,687 votes against Asiku, who has 6,430 votes.

The declaration form bearing the new results however bears some discrepancies. It is dated 27/10/2015 and indicates that the election results were declared at 7:40am, yet elections started at 8:00am on the same day. 

Some of the members present protested the new results.

Koboko district NRM chairperson, Medina Naham says her office is not aware of the new election results. 

Repeated calls to the district NRM registrar were futile since his known telephone numbers were off and he was not in office. He was not present at the meeting either.

Asiku declined to comment on the matter during the meeting. He later said he is considering filing a case at Koboko Police Station. 

The preparatory meeting ahead of President Museveni's visit, also NRM flag bearer, was attended by Members of Parliament Ahmed Awongo (Koboko County) and Margaret Baba Diri (Koboko District Woman), the State Minister for Internal Affairs, James Baba, the State Minister for Youth, Evelyn Anite.

Tiperu accused Baba and Anite, of contributing to the manipulation of the NRM primary election results for Koboko North County against her. 

Anite denied the allegations and accused Tiperu of depending on rumours. 

Other flag bearers who attended the meeting kept addressing Asiku as the NRM flag bearer for Koboko North County.

One of the former NRM aspirants for Koboko North County, Occur Rasul says Tiperu is damaging the NRM reputation in Koboko district.

A selected group of members including Anite, Baba and some councillors then organised another closed-door meeting for about 30 minutes. By press time, URN had not established what was discussed in the second meting.

Museveni is set to visit Koboko district on today (Tuesday) for his presidential campaigns. He will address three rallies in Koboko district; the first one in the Municipality, followed by another in Koboko County and the last in Koboko North County, where the controversy of a flag bearer has emerged.