As the dust begins to settle, Hon Evelyn Anite, one of the ministers that lost in last week’s NRM Parliamentary election has called on party members to put the mess that was the election behind them and focus on building the party.
In an apparent change of tone, the Junior Privatization Minister moved to exude mature leadership by calling for an end to the intra-party divisions.
“I want to reassure all the comrades that stood for election as candidates that I stand shoulder to shoulder with you as some commiserate whilst others celebrate,” she said.
“We must not lose focus of the primary goal we set out to achieve. The NRM Party elections must not divide us. A house divided will fall.
In the hotly contested Friday election for the Koboko parliamentary seat, Anite lost the NRM flag to Dr Charles Ayume 8,089 to 7,321 votes.
Shortly after the loss, the Minister decried electoral malpractices such as allowing non-NRM members and opposition supporters to participate in the election. She also vowed not to run as an independent in the general elections this year.
However, in her message this morning, Anite called on NRM members to “put aside our personal disappointments especially those, like me that feel were unfairly edged out.”
“In the NRM family, there are no vanquished; we are all victors. We must therefore stand together and support our Chairman H.E Yoweri Museveni. We must be resilient and weather this passing storm. I commit to work with all of you and Chairman, H.E President to continue the work of deepening modernisation.”