National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has said it is still unable to raise funds to conduct primary elections in Sheema north.
Sheema North constituency fell vacant on 9th August 2018 after the swearing-in of the area MP, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, who ceased representing the constituency and switched to Sheema Municipality.
The minister officially wrote a resignation letter to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, resigning from his old seat.
Last week, the NRM Electoral Commission chairman Dr. Tanga Odoi confirmed that the commission had no funds to conduct the primary elections as per the party EC roadmap scheduled for Monday 27, August.
This week, a team of party officials from Kampala was sent to meet five contenders vying for the NRM flag in the race.
They met with other NRM district leaders at Kigarama Sub County to share knowledge on how to conduct primary elections despite huddles the party is facing.
Mr. Bagamba Atwijukire from the NRM EC revealed that the part was yet to get the money to hold the primaries.
“As NRM party we haven’t yet set the real date for voting, we are still hunting for enough money to use in election process” said Atwijukire
This was not well received by the candidates who have already been campaigning for a week.
“How can a ruling party lack money to conduct elections in just one constituency? Why did you announce the date of voting before you got money?” One of the district officers asked
NRM Vice chairman Sheema district Eng Yorokamu Katwiremu who is also the former MP Sheema South County also confirmed that the party seems to cash strapped.
“Personally, I have spent five months in office without getting any salary or allowances; so if the party fails to pay its employees, do you think it has that money to conduct elections?” Katwiremu said
However, Atwijukire who represented Dr Odoi reaffirmed; “Elections will be held but due to insufficient funds we shall not print candidates’ photos on the ballot papers.”