Questions on Abiriga's Death Dominate NRM Primary Campaigns

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Tiperu told off those questioning her whereabouts during Abirigas death, saying her religious beliefs dont allow her to speak about the dead. Amina Yusuf and Babu Ajobe, both residents of River Oli division questioned why Nusura claims to be the only link to the President yet she hasnt been with them over the years.

Questions surrounding the death of Arua municipality Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Abiriga dominated the joint NRM primary election campaigns in Arua Municipality. The joint campaigns kicked off at River Oli Division headquarters on Friday involving seven of the eight candidates.




 
The candidates are Nusura Tiperu, Godfrey Obiga, Swadik Angupale, Jackson Atima, Mohammad Aluma, Mubarak Khalifa, Simon Ejua and John Lematia.  Voters tasked each of the candidates to explain their contribution when they lost the incumbent MP, Ibrahim Abiriga.
 

 
Unidentified thugs gunned down Abiriga and his brother, Saidi Buga as they drove home in Kawanda in Wakiso district to break their fast on June 08. During the joint campaigns, voters asked Nusura Tiperu, the former Yumbe Woman MP to explain where she was when they were grieving for Abiriga.

 
Tiperu told off those questioning her whereabouts during Abiriga's death, saying her religious beliefs don't allow her to speak about the dead. Amina Yusuf and Babu Ajobe, both residents of River Oli division questioned why Nusura claims to be the only link to the President yet she hasn't been with them over the years.

 
 
The voters tasked Tiperu's rivals, Godfrey Obiga, Swadik Angupale, Jackson Atima, Mohammad Aluma, and John Lematia to identify the legacy left by Abiriga and how they intend to uphold them.
 
 
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Swadik Angupale asked the NRM supporters to trust him, saying he will deliver to their expectations. He explained that it is because of his good leadership that students of Kampala International University Arua Campus have voted him Guild President for two terms.



 
However, none of the voters put a question to Mubarak Khalifa, the eldest candidate in the NRM primaries throughout the three hour's joint campaigns. Simon Ejua didn't show up for the joint campaign rally. 



Reports from the NRM office is in Arua show that he opted to do individual campaigns contrary to the agreed position that candidates campaign jointly.
 

Joyce Amaguru, the Arua District NRM Vice chairperson has commends the candidates and their supporters for exhibiting discipline and order during the campaigns.

 
NRM supporters will go to the polls tomorrow to voter their candidate for the Arua municipality MP seat. Electoral Commission has scheduled the general polls for August 15th 2018.