Mbarara NRM Aspirants Reject Joint Campaigns

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Despite protests for aspirants, Mbarara District NRM Registrar, Yoram Kacumita maintains that conducting joint campaigns is one way of having transparency in the partys electoral process.

Mbarara district NRM aspirants have rejected a proposal to have joint campaigns ahead of party primary elections slated for Friday this week. The aspirants instead blamed the district registrar for delaying the campaigns, because they do not have enough time for joint rallies.

This was during a meeting between the aspirants and the district registrar at the party offices in Mbarara. The meeting was meant to agree on the conduct of the campaigns that intensify this week ahead of elections on Friday.
                                          
Aspiring Mbarara Municipality MP, Edwin Akoragye accuses the party officials of failing to provide security during the campaigns, and lack of a public address system at the campaigns despite the nomination fees they were charged.
 
Herbert Kamugisha, another aspirant demanded that they should be allowed to campaign individually, because some of the aspirants do not have enough money to move to all places.
 
Instead, the aspirants are asking the party Electoral Commission put its focus on fighting irregularities during elections, and not on joint campaigns.
 
"It is our concern that the party Electoral Commission looks into the matter of some voters possessing two party cards," said Aggrey Kyobuguzi, an aspirant for Kashari South MP seat. Another aspirant for the same seat, Fred Bamwine said instead of using joint campaigns to create harmony, the party should ensure a free and fair electoral process by removing extra cards from members who have more than one.
 
However, the District NRM registrar, Yoram Kacumita maintains that new aspirants learn a lot from the joint campaigns. According to him, joint campaigns is also one way of having transparency in the party electoral process.  Kacumita threatens to disqualify any aspirant that will shun joint campaigns slated to kick off of Monday.