President Yoweri Museveni has refuted claims that he is the force behind his young Brother Aine Kaguta aka Sodo’s political decisions in Sembabule district.
Museveni was yesterday in Sembabule where he mediated district leaders and the aspiring members of parliament and urged them to amicably resolve the discrepancies which led to suspension of National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries.
The tight race is between Shartis Kuteesa Musherure, a daughter to Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kuteesa, and Godfrey Aine Kaguta, President Museveni’s younger brother. The two are vying to represent Mawogola North in parliament.
The party elections in Mawogola North and Mawogola West were suspended for fear of electoral violence. Since then, there has been heavy deployment in the area commanded by Deputy IGP Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi.
“My name should not come up when my biological relatives are contesting. For me, like Jesus, my relatives are all and any NRM member who does the right thing according to the party constitution. However, I will table in the party CEC the issue of high-ranking party officials backing their relatives to fight other NRM contenders. That’s not leadership. You should not get involved in supporting your relative and disadvantaging other contenders”.
He pledged to table the issue of high-ranking party officials backing their relatives to fight other NRM contenders in the party central executive committee (CEC). “That’s not leadership. You should not get involved in supporting your relatives and disadvantaging other contenders.” He added
Museveni expressed his dismay over some party members who have been supporting other parties, yet they came to stand on the NRM ticket to be MPs.
“These must tell us where they belong. Also, NRM district chairpersons should be neutral in these party primaries. All in all, we must have order in the party.” he said.
He further warned those that involved i voting rigging and other electoral multi-practices that he had given a grace period of three days for them to come clean or rather prosecution against them on account of fraud would be initiated.
“About rigging and fraud. I have given all those who did it a three-day amnesty starting today to come clean. If they do not heed this call, we shall announce the true results and instead prosecute those fraudsters. In Kiruhura, for example, we have verified results from 151 villages and we are left with 60 other villages. We shall make our independent conclusions. This is what we shall do in all districts with problems. And for those villages which did not get to vote, they will vote”