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NRM Postpones Primaries in Mawogola West After Assault of MP Hanifa Kawooya

NRM primary elections for Mawogola West County in Sembabule District have been postponed to pave way for investigations into the scuffle that occurred between supporters of candidates Hanifa Kawooya and Mr Joseph Sekabito.

Dr Tanga Odoi, the NRM electoral commission chairman, told journalists on Thursday the decision has been made upon hearing from both sides. He said the final date for voting will be communicated in due course.

On Friday, NRM will hold party primaries for parliamentary seats and Women MPs across the country.

Police on Tuesday arrested three people after rival NRM supporters clashed, leaving Ms Kawooya, the incumbent Sembabule District Woman MP, injured.

The confrontation occurred between supporters of MP Ssekabiito and those of Ms Kawooya.

The two camps had earlier engaged in counter accusations of tampering with the NRM voters’ register.

Southern Region Police Commander Enock Abaine said investigations are ongoing to have all people involved in criminal acts brought to book.

Meanwhile the NRM Secretariat has deployed one of its staff, Mr Robert Ssesanga to oversee the election exercise in Sembabule District.

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A letter signed by Mr John Kigyagi Arimpa, the Deputy Chairperson of the NRM election commission, directs the district party leadership to cooperate with Mr Ssesanga who will oversee the entire election exercise in Sembabule.

The move comes amid rising cases of violence among NRM supporters of rival candidates ahead of the Friday, September 4 primaries.

Last Saturday, supporters of Ms Shartis Musherure Kutesa, the daughter to Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa and supporters of her rival, Mr Godfrey Aine Kaguta Sodo engaged in open confrontation at a meeting that had been organized by the Sembabule NRM party registrar at Lugusuulu Subcounty headquarters.

The unending infights between rival NRM camps vying for the Mawogola North NRM MP flag on Monday attracted the intervention of the National NRM vice chairperson, Hajj Moses Kigongo.

Mr Kigongo, while meeting the different NRM candidates on Monday, warned against the involvement of guards and aides to disrupt elections.

“Just use your security men to guard you and not to torture and intimidate rival candidates’ supporters. Candidates who misuse the privilege of their personal guards for selfish interests will be arrested,” Kigongo warned.

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