Ntungamo NRM Leadership Bars Independents from Museveni Campaigns Top story

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The Ntungamo District NRM party Vice Chairperson, Steven Tashobya announced the resolution while addressing NRM party mobilisers at Itojo Sub County headquarters on Tuesday. Tashobya explained that many independents campaigning for Museveni have been sending uncoordinated messages since they were not inducted in the process of campaigning for the party.

The Ntungamo District National Resistance Movement-NRM party leadership has barred independent candidates from campaigning from President Yoweri Museveni and using party symbols. The decision was reportedly reached in a meeting between the Ntungamo District NRM party executive and flag bearers led by first lady Janet Museveni, last week.
 
The Ntungamo District NRM party Vice Chairperson, Steven Tashobya announced the resolution while addressing NRM party mobilisers at Itojo Sub County headquarters on Tuesday. Tashobya explained that many independents campaigning for Museveni, have been sending uncoordinated messages since they were not inducted in the process of campaigning for the party.
 
 
He also said the official party candidates have been accusing independent candidates of using the party symbols in breach of the party guidelines and regulations. Addressing a similar gathering in Rugarama sub county the same day, Mwesigwa Rukutuna, the incumbent Rushenyi county Member of Parliament, threatened to return the NRM party flag unless independent candidates are stopped from campaigning for Museveni and using NRM colors.

 
He also banned the campaign messages of independent and opposition party candidates from airing on his private radio station, Ankole FM. Independent NRM leaning candidates in Ntungamo district include Naome Kabasharira, the incumbent Woman MP, Kakyene Namanya Santurina, Ruhaama Parliamentary candidate, Wilson Twamuhabwa Kadidi, Kajara parliamentary candidate, and Justus Karuhanga, Rushenyi county parliamentary seat.
 
 
The independents have described the party resolution to bar them from campaigning for Museveni and using party colors, as regrettable. Kakyene Namanya Santurina, Ruhaama Parliamentary candidate, says the move is aimed at intimidating them and their supporters to back out of the race, a thing he says they are not ready to do. 

Most of the candidates opted to go independent citing flawed party primaries, where they suffered defeat.