Undelivered Ush139m 'Token' for NRM Mobilizers Causes LC5 Elections Boycott

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A large group of people in Bufundi, Ikumba and Rubaya sub-counties in Kabale have vowed not to participate in today's Local Council Five elections because they were not paid for their work during the campaigns. They claim that President Yoweri Museveni gave National Resistance Movement mobilizers in Kabale 139 million shillings on the eve of the elections. According to them, the money was a token of thanks for their work during the campaigns. Now they say that unless they are paid the money before 5 p.m., they will not vote. Amos Rwansheija, the Kabale NRM secretary, admits that his office receives the money. He says it wasn't intended to induce people to vote for the NRM, but was a token of appreciation to party campaigners. Rwansheija claims to have distributed the money to all NRM committees in the 25 sub-counties of Kabale. Each village was supposed to receive 100,000 shillings. Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the NRM candidate for the Kabale LC5 chair, says the undelivered money has caused a boycott in several sub-counties, particularly in Bufundi. //Cue in: "Each village ..." Cue out: "... receive their money."// There are reports that some NRM sub-county committees were awarded larger sums of money than others. Wilfred Niwagaba, the MP for Ndorwa East, says the money has caused a lot of confusion. He says a lot of animosity is aimed at the Kabale NRM headquarters for failing to deliver the money in time. //Cue in: "Two of my sub-county chairmen ..." Cue out: "... was not there."// Amos Rwansheija, the NRM Kabale secretary, says his office was disorganized by the loss of the party's district chairperson Hope Mwesigye in Friday's parliamentary elections. Civil society organizations and independent election observers in Kabale say they will release a statement on what they deem to be the illicit use of money in the polls at a later date. ###