Drama as Lumumba, Tanga Clash Before Legislators Top story

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The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa attempted to calm down the situation in vain. This forced her to adjourn the meeting for a lunch break to allow the tempers to cool down.

Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM party Electoral Commission chairperson and Secretary General, Justine Lumumba Kasule have clashed during the election of NRM candidates for the East African Legislative Assembly seats. 


According to sources, it all started after Dr. Odoi invited the candidates to address the NRM caucus members at State House Entebbe this afternoon. The former Kakuuto County, MP Mathias Kasamba was the first on the floor but he was interrupted by the Caucus members who demanded for clear guidelines for the polls.


As a result, Dr. Odoi explained to the members that the caucus would elect seven candidates from West, East, Central, North and Kampala regions.  He said the other two candidates would come from special interest groups. However, Dr. Odoi's explanation didn't go down well with Lumumba. She accused the NRM EC chairperson of attempting to rewrite the party's guidelines for electing EALA representatives.

 
She reportedly argued that there was no justification to move away from the rules that were used to elect the incumbent EALA representatives, adding that the caucus should elect six candidates including four males and two females. Lumumba was supported by female legislators under their umbrella group -Uganda Women Parliament Association (UWOPA) who are pushing for 40 percent of the six slots.

 
She also reportedly demanded that the party Commission eliminates the Kampala slot from the elections to avoid the confusion of sending seven representatives from NRM as opposed to six. Her submission reportedly angered candidates from Kampala. Sarah Kagingo, the former Special Presidential Assistant on Communication accused Lumumba of attempting to usurp the NRM party Election Commission powers.

 
The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa attempted to calm down the situation in vain. This forced her to adjourn the meeting for a lunch break to allow the tempers to cool down.  The meeting resumed after the lunch break. By the time of filing this story, the candidates had started campaign before the caucus members.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.