Confusion broke out in Kanungu district last week after 4 NRM aspiring candidates including James Ruugi Kaberuka, the Kinkiizi West MP were found to be crossed out from the NRM voters’ register with an ink pen.
The issue raised a storm as the ruling party gears up for the nomination of candidates to contest at different levels of political leadership.
The four who were crossed out are Hon Kaberuka, Kenneth Tumuhamye the current Kanyantorogo Sub County LC 3 Chairman, Zepher Mugisha the current LC 3 Chairman Kihihi Town Council and Caleb Tumwesimire Kipande the immediate former chairman Kayonza Growers Tea Factory in Kanungu District.
All the last three are aspiring to contest for the LC5 chairmanship for Kanungu district in the forthcoming NRM primaries.
The four have since written to the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba seeking an explanation.
“We have confirmed that our names have been crossed from our village NRM register, yet we are aspiring candidates on different positions in the coming NRM primary elections. It’s our humble request to know from your office the reasons for crossing our names and we kindly request for innervation in this serious matter,” they wrote.
The petition is also copied to the National Chairman of the NRM, the Chairman of Election Commission in NRM, the Resident District Commissioner Kanungu, the District Police Commander and NRM District Registrar Kanungu.
When contacted, the NRM Director of Information and Communication Dombo Emmanuel said that the NRM Secretariat is yet to get the petition from the affected people.
“Once we receive it, we shall study it and give the official communication,” Dombo said.
It’s also reported that Kanungu Resident District Commissioner Hajji Shaffigue Ssekandi held a closed door meeting with the affected people and advised them to contact the authorities in NRM party before it’s too late.
Kanungu District NRM Chairman Godfrey Karabenda said he was unsure at which point the names were crossed.
Karabenda who is also the Kanungu Town Council Chairman however, says the four were at one point suspected to have left the NRM.
In September 2019, Kanungu politicians who are reported to have left the party met President Yoweri Museveni at his Rwakitura home and were welcomed back to the party.