President Museveni has said fresh elections should be held in 84 polling areas of Nyabushozi, Western Uganda, which were characterized by violence and electoral malpractices.
Museveni made the orders during the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting held at State House Entebbe on Thursday.
The decision comes high on the heels of public outrage over the NRM MP Primary results which favored Col. Fred Mwesigye.
Mwesigye was declared the winner with 54,996 votes yet the total vote count for the district woman MP held on the same day was 41,629 votes.
In a humorous tone, Museveni said he was informed of Nyabushozi women’s resistance to the election outcome.
“You see this area has big ladies. They are always seated. They take their time to stand,” said Museveni, throwing the committee into laughter.
“When they stand, they fight. They are dangerous fighters. We shouldn’t go for general elections without addressing their issues,” said Museveni.
Using social media platform, WhatsApp, Nyabushozi women expressed shock that Mwesigye was declared winner of the NRM MP primaries.
They said they would either vote opposition or stay away from the general elections if Col Mwesigye was declared NRM flag-bearer.
Contacted, NRM EC chairperson Tanga Odoi said he didn’t attend the CEC meeting and could therefore not speak authoritatively on the matter.
Several CEC members told ChimpReports that the Committee determined that fresh elections would clear all doubts about the credibility of the electoral exercise.
Museveni recently said in a letter to Tanga Odoi that verified scores from the 116 villages (out of 200) where contentions were, Kajwengye won with 10,292 votes while Mwesigye trailed with 8,968.
This means Kajwengye will go in for a fresh election leading Mwesigye with more than 1,000 votes from the ‘clean areas.’
CEC will again sit this Sunday to determine the date of the fresh polls considering that the national Electoral Commission set Thursday and Friday next week as nomination dates for MP candidates in the 2021 general elections.