Former Tororo Municipality Member of Parliament Sanjay Tanna has accused ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Vice chairman for Eastern Uganda, Mike Mukula of sectarianism.
Sanjay Tanna is of Indian origin and is contesting against Mukula for the position of NRM vice chairman for Eastern Uganda.
“The election task force of Hon Sanjay Tanna has noted with concern the deliberate utterances of sectarian messages to NRM members by candidate Mike Mukula during his various ongoing campaign meetings for the national vice chairperson Eastern bid,” reads part of Sanjay’s statement.
“There is evidence by way of video clips and radio talk shows, the latest being Rock Mambo in Tororo on August 3, 2020 trying to portray Hon Sanjay Tanna as a foreigner and piling all forms of prejudicial innuendos against his person,” said Sanjay.
At the press conference, Mukula warned against what he described as “interference” of Arabs, Indians and foreigners in Uganda’s politics, saying this would “undermine Uganda’s sovereignty.”
This was seen as a veiled reference to his rival Sanjay.
A businessman of Indian origin, Sanjay previously served as a lawmaker.
He has since promised to consolidate the gains of NRM if elected NRM Vice Chairperson Eastern Uganda.
Sanjay has since asked NRM to take action against Mukula, saying sectarianism is against the constitutional provisions of the ruling party.
“Chapter two 6(I) of the NRM constitution provides that NRM is a national, broad based, inclusive, democratic, non-sectarian, multi ideological, multi interest and progressive mass organisation,” said Sanjay.
“In addition, section 21(2) of the same constitution provides that a person shall not be discriminated against on ground of sex, race, colour, ethnic group, tribe, birth creed, religion, political opinion or disability.”