A meeting convened to reconcile losers in the September NRM primaries in Kigezi region became very heated as participants vented on the party leadership for failure to organize free and fair elections.
The meeting was held over the weekend at White Horse Hotel in Kabale municipality and was among others intended to convince some of the NRM primary losers who came as independents to exit the race.
However, the participants noted that substantive damage had already been done adding it was “too late for reconciliation, since the nomination process for the 2021 polls had been concluded.
The meeting was also shunned by all parliamentary race contenders and was attended by only those who lost in the lower local government positions.
In Kabale District, those who lost in primaries and have been nominated as Independents include Enid Origumisiriza (Kabale Woman Mp race), Simpson Mpirirwe (Ndorwa West constituency) Kenneth Arinaitwe and Grace Ankunda Bekunda Bwesigye for Ndorwa East Constituency race.
However, none of the four NRM leaning Independents attended the reconciliation meeting.
Speaking to our reporter on phone, Simpson Mpirirwe said as losers, they had already formed a coalition named Kigezi NRM Frontiers to unite all losers and rally support for those who have bounced back as Independents.
He added that if the party wanted reconciliation, the President should have met them as a group.
However, David Bahati the Kabale district NRM Chairperson who chaired the meeting said they will continue trying to engage all losers in the last party election so that they adhere to their call for reconciliation.
The workers representative on the NRM central Executive Committee James Tweheyo who mediated the reconciliation said the party is willing to negotiate with those party members who lost in the party elections and have been nominated as independent candidates to compensate them for what they spent during an election if they are willing to withdraw from the general elections and support the flag bearers.