Transport Crisis As District Vehicles Are Used In NRM Party Primaries

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At Fort Portal police station, Uganda Radio Network reporter saw district NRM party officials led by Patrick Kamulindwa, the NRM district registrar and police officers loading voting materials on vehicles from the health, production and education department.

Transport crisis has hit Kabarole district local government after the district vehicles were used to transport voting materials, inspect polling stations and patrol the streets during the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries. 

On Tuesday morning, more than seven double-cabin pickups were parked at Fort Portal police station ready to transport the voting materials to various polling stations in the district.

At Fort Portal Police Station, Uganda Radio Network reporter saw district NRM party officials led by Patrick Kamulindwa, the NRM district registrar and police officers loading voting materials on vehicles from the health, production and education department.

Other district vehicles of Kiko, Rubona and Rwimi town councils were also being used by the police officers and UPDF soldiers to patrol some of the polling stations in Fort Portal municipality. 

In a telephone interview, Nicholas Ochakara, the Chief administrative officer Kabarole says that the district party officials approached them requesting for the vehicles.  Ochakara explains that the officials said they will fuel the vehicles and pay the drivers using the party funds.

Aloysius Byabagamba, the Kabarole district NRM party administrator says that the party didn't have money to hire vehicles to transport the materials and hence used district vehicles. He explains that some of the polling stations are in remote areas, where the roads are in a bad state and require strong vehicles like those of the district.

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Using the district vehicles however paralyzed work in the district. An extension worker in the district production department, who preferred anonymity, said that he had to postponed a planed inspection of areas that had been hit by a hail storm and assess the damage.

Gerald Musinguzi, an inspector of schools in Burahya County says he has been forced to use a boda boda to inspect the on-going Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) exams.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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