Disciplinary Action Sought against MP Niwagaba Supporters in Kabale

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The District NRM Administrative secretary Amos Rwanshaija says that the party will not tolerate members who deviate from agreed party positions. He describes the developments as disturbing and unacceptable.

The ruling NRM party in Kabale district is in disarray following a call for disciplinary action against its members who have continuously supported the expelled Ndorwa East legislator Wilfred Niwagaba.

The action is being pursued by Kabale district administrative secretary Amos Rwanshaija.

Those lined up for disciplinary action are Johnson Baguma, the Buhara sub county district councilor,  Alex Owamani, the Kabale district Youth councilor and the district female youth councilor Adrine Tumukunde. They are accused of defying party guidelines.

Niwagaba was expelled for flouting Rule 4 of the NRM constitution which prohibits the use of foul language, campaigning against official party flag bearers in elections, being an agent of foreign agents to the detriment of the party and willfully spreading malicious propaganda. He was expelled alongside Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central), and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West).

But despite the expulsion, Councillors from Kabale district, where the legislator hails from, have supported his stance and rallied behind him to the detriment of other party executives in Kabale district council.

The District NRM Administrative secretary Amos Rwanshaija says that the party will not tolerate members who deviate from agreed party positions. He describes the developments as disturbing and unacceptable.

Rwanshaija further revealed that the conduct of some members who claim to be liberal has instead worsened the ground for the party in the district and threatens party cohesion.

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But the councillors are also accusing the office of the Kabale district NRM administrative secretary Amos Rwanshaija of causing confusion within the NRM.

Adrine Tumukunde the Kabale district female Youth councilor says her support for the embattled legislator is based on the fact that court is yet to pronounce itself on the matter. She also faults the NRM central executive committee for taking a decision against an MP without consulting his constituents.

Alex Owamani, the Youth district male councilor says members have no way of distancing themselves from Niwagaba because he remains the area MP with whom they have to work and implement development programmes.

Owamani says that the Party leadership in Kabale needs to focus on ensuring that the members are reunited instead of splitting them and creating confusion.

 

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