Muhamood Masaba, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Candidate who triumphed in the Mbale City Industrial Division mayoral race has disclosed that his efforts of winning were frustrated by a clique of NRM big shots in the region.
Masaba was this week announced by Charles Wodero, the Mbale District Returning Officer, the winner in the mayoral race having garnered 8,163 votes.
He was followed by Robert Mukamba (independent) who garnered 4,457 votes and his rival Fred Karuhanga who scored 3,647, the results he (Karuhanga) dispelled.
Disclosing individuals, Masaba named a clique of NRM politicians in the area who he said “worked tirelessly to fight me during the entire campaign period.”
Among these is Connie Nakayenze Galiwango, the Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament elect, Micheal Kafabusa, the State Minister for Trade and Cooperatives and Sanjay Tana who lost the NRM Eastern Region Chairmanship to Captain Mike Mukula.
“There is that Indian from Tororo (Sanjay Tana), because he failed in the party elections and yet I supported his opponent, he was here meeting groups to put me down,” Masaba said.
Masaba made these remarks shortly after winning the race which he said was successful due to his mobilization capacity.
“He (Sanjay) claimed to be an NRM cadre but why would he abandon the flag bearer for an independent simply because of some personal issues?” he wondered.
Attacking Kafabusa, Masaba noted, “People like Micheal Kafabusa whom I worked for since 2001 decided to front these small boys like Fred Karuhanga and others to fight me just because he had a misunderstanding with Chairman Mujaasi (former Mbale District LC 5 Chairperson) who happens to be my friend.”
It should be noted that Kafabusa, who had held the MP Seat for Bungokho South since 1996, last year lost in the NRM primaries when he attempted to represent the newly created Bungokho Central.
He was defeated by the youthful Richard Wanda who garnered 17,613 votes against Kafabusa’s 7,063 votes to secure the NRM ticket for this position.
“His ministerial post is useless if he doesn’t eat with local people,” he noted.
Appealing to his colleagues who have since vowed to challenge his victory in Courts of law, Masaba advised them to stop wasting their time and resources but rather join efforts to create a better Mbale City.
“I request all of them to put aside our party differences, let’s come together and work for the people of Mbale,” he said.
ChimpReports understands that Masaba’s rival, Karuhanga, despite having held the third position, is running to Court over what he called irregularities that were expressed by the Returning Officer during vote counting.
“On Monday, we are going to Court to challenge this, the Declaration Forms they were announcing were different from ours,” Karuhanga told journalists shortly after results announcement.
“You find one polling station has 230 votes, but the Returning Officer is announcing 406 votes, the same to others with 106 votes but they announce 506 votes, and you comfortably call that an election with expectations from us to sign for that?” he wondered.