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Museveni Meets Ankole Leaders; Condemns Voter Bribery, Infiltration by Opposition Figures

A week after the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party went to the polls to choose flag bearers for parliamentary seats, President Museveni has met with leaders from Ankole sub region where much violence was witnessed during and after the election.

In a meeting at Kakyeka stadium in Mbarara in which media was barred from attending, Museveni majored his speech on three aspects of voter bribery which he vehemently condemned, infiltration of NRM by opposition figures and candidates using his name for political gain.

“He (Museveni) expressed how he fought voter bribery until he was 50 years and above. He gave us his background of the fight against voter bribery in Uganda. He talked about why he chose lining behind candidates as a mode of voting. He said that whoever knew was behind voter bribery should surrender themselves as early as possible. Whoever is found guilty of voter bribery will not go to Parliament and will be arrested,” said a source who attended the meeting.

Museveni also warned against infiltrators from other parties who have infiltrated NRM party.

“He openly questioned a certain man called Ponsiano who hails from Isingiro why he attends Gen Henry Tumukunde’s meetings and participates in NRM matters,” our source told us.

According to the source, the president was also concerned about issue of Mawogola North election that is being contested for by his younger brother Godfrey Aine Kaguta and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa’s daughter Shartis Musherure.

He condemned the act of using his name in order to win an election.

For constituencies that had violence, Museveni ruled out re-run of election and promised to conduct investigations.

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The meeting was attended by folks from 6 districts that had issues with the polls.

Among the attendees were NRM sub county chairpersons, LC III chairpersons, District NRM chairpersons, LC 5 chairpersons, incumbent and aspiring Members of Parliament.

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