NRM electoral commission chairman Dr Tanga Odoi has cautioned party candidates in the Ruhaama County by-election against using the name of the First Lady and former area MP Janet Museveni or President Museveni in their campaigns.
The party will on December 8 hold primaries to choose the party flag bearer for the seat which fell vacant following the death of William Beijukye Zinkurateire on October 4.
However, during the NRM candidates’ consultative meeting held at Ruhaama County headquarters on Monday, several contestants on the party ticket told Dr Odoi that some of their colleagues were using Ms Museveni’s name in their campaigns while others said they were sent by President Museveni to the constituency.
However, Dr Odoi warned that neither the First Lady nor the army and the President will be allowed to mess the election.
“I want to exonerate the First Lady; she has completely left this constituency. No candidate should try to malign the First Lady; no candidate should bring the President in this game, the President did not even know we had organised this election until the budget reached him,” Dr Odoi said.
He cautioned security operatives, especially the army, against getting involved in the party primaries.
“We are calling upon all security people to leave the district to police and the NRM electoral commission. We shall not allow anybody to mess up our elections I am going to be here myself I will deal with anybody who thinks he has power of the army yet the army officially is not supposed to be in this election. The election is for the civilians who have qualifications and we must respect it.”
Eight candidates are contesting in the NRM party primaries.
They include Johnson Rumanywa Zinkurateire, Tom Rwomushana, Adens Ntare Rutaro, Pamela Owembabazi, Bazinzi Natamba, Moses Kahima, Mpeirwe Arthur and Jackson Mubangizi Kabeikire.
Nominations for the general by-election will place between December 11 and 13 while voting is to take place on January 11 2018.
Former Amuru District Police Commander Julius Ahimbisibwe is expected to contest as the FDC candidate in the by-election following his resignation from police last month. The runner up in both the last NRM primaries and general elections, Mr Santurina Kakyene Namanya, will be contesting as an independent candidate.