Elections Split Lwengo NRM into Camps

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National Resistance Movement NRM structural elections in Lwengo have split the party into two camps.

National Resistance Movement (NRM) structural elections in Lwengo have split the party into two camps.
 
Muhammad Muyanja Mbabaali, who heads one camp, is seeking to be the NRM flag bearer for the Bukoto South seat race.
 
The other camp is headed by Mulindwa Birimumaaso, the newly elected Lwengo district NRM chairman. Birimumaaso defeated Mbabaali to take over the position on Thursday.
 
Allied with Mbabaali are George Mutabaazi, the Lwengo LC5 Chairman, Vincent Kayitana, the defeated Lwengo NRM Vice Chairperson, Sarah Nkonge, the aspiring Lwengo district Woman Member of Parliament and Joseph Muyomba Kasozi, the aspiring Bukoto Midwest MP.
 
Birimumaaso's allies are MP Gertrude Nakabira, MP Isaac Ssejoba and David Bbale Mukasa, who seek Lwengo LC5 Chair. Nakabira wants to be the NRM flag bearer for the Bukoto South seat.
 
Although the NRM candidates are supposed to hold joint rallies, the animosity between the two camps has made it impossible in Lwengo.
 
MP Gertrude Nakabira Lubega of Lwengo district says she cannot hold a rally with Mbabaali. She accuses Mbabaali of encouraging his supporters to violently break up her rallies.
 
Nakabira claims that Mbabaali orchestrated the beating up of her supporters last Thursday. This was after the NRM party elections for its Lwengo executive.
 
Mbabaali's campaign manager Lawrence Byakatonda denies this and says his candidate focuses on pointing out Nakabira's record of failure. He claims that during Nakabira's tenure as District Education Officer, Lwengo lost a lot of money to ghost schools, pupils and teachers.
 
Mbabaali himself says he has not formed a camp but merely a cabinet in waiting.
 
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Sarah Nkonge, the aspiring Lwengo Woman MP, says the camps are a grouping of people who share similar beliefs.
 
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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.