KANUNGU- Several losers in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) primary elections especially those who have been nominated as independent candidates have vowed to remain in the race despite efforts by Party Leaders to reconcile them.
The NRM Secretariat had dispatched the NRM National Chairman of the Workers League James Tweheyo assisted by Ntungamo District Woman Member of Parliament Hon Beatrice Rwakimari to prevail over the NRM losers who went ahead to get nominated to step aside.
The function took place at Kinkizi High School Main Hall in Kanungu Town Council in Kanungu District.
The earlier proposed venue Kanungu Resort Hotel which is owned by Kinkizi East Member of Parliament Hon Dr Chris Baryomunsi was rejected by the members on grounds that it was not neutral.
James Tweheyo laboured to inform the members present that the NRM Central Executive Comimmitte decided to conduct the reconciliation meetings in order to keep the party in harmony.
However, right from the beginning, the participants demanded to know why they were not formally invited only to get information on the Radio Stations inviting them.
However Mr. Tweheyo explained that since it was on short notice, the organisers felt that it was cost effective to put radio announcements to reach every one.
However after the stormy meeting where the participants disagreed with the organisers, most of them said that it was too late to pull out from the race as Independent Candidates because they have already committed themselves to canvass for votes and they are assured of victory.
Sam Arinaitwe Kajoojo who is contesting for LC 5 Chairman seat as an independent said that the NRM Secretariat should have come out with this initiative before they were nominated and therefore coming at this time when they are already consolidating their achievements in the field will not help them.
Kinkizi West Independent Candidate Gregory Mugabe who is contesting as an independent candidate against the incumbent Hon James Ruggi Kaberuka said that when the losers presented their petition, they were not given enough audience and time has since passed to heal the wounds.
Kinkizi East Independent Candidate Deus Nkwasibwe also known as ‘Omusisa’ vehemently rejected to even attend the meeting called a Press Conference and explained his absence.
He however said that he could not attend the meeting when his victory was stolen in broad day light. He made it categorically clear that that reconciliation is possible when the warring factions are both willing to negotiate but in his case, he cannot face his tormentor unless he returned his victory.
The meeting ended prematurely after the losers refused to step down and vowed to remain in the race.
In Kinkizi East, Deus Nkwasibwe has vowed to take on Minister Chris Baryomunsi whom he accused of vote rigging while in Kinkizi West, Gregory Mugabe who lost to the incumbent Hon James Ruggi Kaberuka in the NRM primaries vowed to remain in the race.
On the LC 5 seat, Sam Arinaitwe Kajoojo has vowed to remain in the race and trounce Zepher Mugisha who defeated him in the NRM primaries.
The District woman Parliamentary Seat remains the hottest race after the incumbent Hon Elizabeth Karungi who lost to Patience Kinshaba Nkunda vowed to reclaim her seat. Also Charity Kyarisiima who also lost in primary elections has been nominated as independent.
Mr. Tweheyo told this Online Publication after the meeting that he will deliver the report ‘as is’ to the Central Executive Committee that he found it in Kanungu.
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