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State Minister for Economic Monitoring Henry Banyenzaki, accuses the party registrar of bias and manipulating the election process to favour his opponent.

The State Minister for Economic Monitoring Henry Banyenzaki, has opted to go independent after losing NRM party primaries in Rubanda West constituency.
 
On Monday, Banyenzaki contested in the National Resistance Movement-NRM party primaries for the Rubanda West parliamentary seat and lost to Denis Sabiti, a former commissioner in charge of transport regulation in the Ministry of Works and Transport.
 
Sabit garnered 13798 votes against Banyezaki's 11874 votes.

Now, Banyenzaki has resolved to go independent and also mobilise all primary election losers to contest against the official NRM party candidate in Kabale. Banyenzaki blames his defeat in the primaries on Maurice Kaitaba, the Kabale district NRM party registrar.

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According to Banyenzaki, primary election in the district were a sham.
 
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Maurice Kaitaba, however describes the conduct of the minister as "funny." According to Kaitaba, the elections were free and fair since they were held under tight security.

He challenges Banyenzaki to produce evidence of the alleged malpractice instead of resorting to insults and abuses.

Kaitaba says Banyenzaki is on record for having participated in the intimidation of NRM registrars forcing some of them to resign.
 
Banyenzaki's threats to go independent have drawn angry reactions from NRM party members in Kabale.

Julius Barekye, the former Ikumba Sub County LC III chairperson says he is not surprised by the minister utterances. According to Barekye, Banyenzaki had always thought he is the only bull in the kraal and asks him to respect the people's choice.
 
Pastori Twinomuhangi, the speaker Kabale Municipality says Banyenzaki's utterances are meant to intimidate the voters but says his tricks will not work. According to Twinomuhangi, the minister failed to deliver on his pledges to his electorate and shouldn't blame others for his loss.

 

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