Rukiga NRM Voters Bicker over Missing Names

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A number of voters say that their names were deleted from the NRM registers although they are in possession of party cards. They accuse party registrars of deliberately deleting members particulars to stifle support for particular candidates seeking the party ticket for the two political seats.

A section of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party supporters in the sub counties of Rwamucucu and Kashambya in the newly created district of Rukiga are enraged over the absence of their names from the party registers.

The NRM Electoral Commission updated the registers between August 11 and 13 in preparation for the election of the woman Member of Parliament and the district chairperson. The party will hold its primaries on August 21 ahead of the general election to be held on September 21.

However, a number of voters say that their names were deleted from the NRM registers although they are in possession of party cards. They accuse party registrars of deliberately deleting member's particulars to stifle support for particular candidates seeking the party ticket for the two political seats.

They say that no action has been taken to restore their records despite lodging a formal complaint to the district registrar Maurice Mugenga Keitaba. Enid Akampurira, a party supporter from Ntagara in Kitanga parish says her record and that of her husband were marked with letter X.

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Godet Turyasingura another voter from Rwempisi cell says his name was marked with a red star which is usually used to indicate that the person died. Turyasingura says that about thirty people in his village have encountered the same problem.
 
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Apollo Ainebyoona, a voter from Kitojo Parish challenges registrars to avoid personal grudges and apply professionalism while performing their duties.
 
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The race has so far attracted six women vying for the parliamentary seat and three men vying for the district chairperson's seat.

The women are Victoria Abigail Atukunda, Maureen Kyarisiima, Pamela Kyomugisha Kihumuro, Charity Twongeirwe Ainebyoona, Alice Basobokwe and Caroline Kamusiime Muwhezi. The men are Denis Willy Nkwasiibwe, Dr Alexander Kampikaho and Jackson Asiimwe Rwamwehare.

One of the candidates Denis Nkwasiibwe demands that the office of the district register takes a step and suspends the current registrars in the two sub counties from handling the forthcoming party primaries. He says the two are biased and will instead mess up the process.
 
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NRM Party Registrar Maurice Mugenga Keitaba says that his office is investigating the allegations.
 
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Kashambya Sub County registrar Emmanuel Bwegyeko and Rwamucucu Sub County Registrar Alex Orisinga have refuted accusations of bias and said that persons whose names were deleted had defected from NRM to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


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