The just concluded NRM party primaries which has brought excitement to the party members have finally come to an end with the big number of old foxes regaining their positions and ushering in very few new members who come with little experience but with young blood and zill.
Among the hotly contested positions in the CEC elections were 2nd vice national chairperson (Female) which had the Rt. Hon. Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and Hon. Namuganza Persis, vice chairperson eastern Capt. George Mike Mukula and Hon. Sanjay Tanna, vice chairperson Northern region, Deputy speaker of parliament Hon. Jacob Oulanyah and Sam Engola.
With the above hotly contested posts mentioned above, it was the vice national chairperson female which pulled the party’s attention as the top contestation between Kadaga and Namuganza sparked all the beef between the two opponents. This has also seen the resurrection of the old wrangles between the dual cropping from the kingdom battles to now political battles mostly fueled by the a section of top party officials who felt Kadaga has sidelined the party for her personal interest.
At last Kadaga has shown her tormentors that she still holds substance in the party and this is visibly witnessed after she emerged winner against Namuganza her long term rival.
According from the results declared by the party’s electoral commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni pounced by as national chairperson,
Al haji Moses Kigongo as first vice national chairperson,
Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga as 2nd vice national chairperson Female (6,776) against 3,943 for Namuganza Persis,
Singh Katongole for greater Kampala (4503) gagainst Uhuru Salimu (2665)
Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi for central (4749) against Kalisa Kalangwa (3701)
Hon. Chris Baryomosi for western (5947) against Matayo Kyaligonza (2550)
Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah for northern (7473) against the incumbent Sam Engola (1,665)
Capt. Hon. George Mike Mukula with over 5000 votes against
Hon. Sanjay Tanna and Aleper Simon Peter for Karamoja (8,143) against Jimmy Lokoru (2,220)
The NRM part primaries started with nominations of aspirants from across the country and this started with the northern, westnile regions on the 12th and 13th August 2020 and were concluded on 20th August 2020 with the 3rd national delegates conference which voted for CEC members listed above.
Even though the party has finally concluded the long awaited exercise, a series of issues ranging from voter bribery, duplication of voters registers, short campaigning time coupled with expensive campaigns due to COVID 19, delays to post results for certain candidates, verbal fights between contestants and physical confrontation between supporters of different candidates have greatly manifested their faces in this whole exercise.
However, the party leadership has managed to resolve some of the hotly contested issues among contestants and their supporters and this according to the party polls commission chairman Dr. Tanga Odoi is health internal democracy.