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Museveni: Infighting Costing NRM By-elections

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Museveni warned NRM leaders from Bushenyi district that they need to be examples to the people they lead and always work to foster unity and reconciliation among themselves even if there is divergent opinions other than dividing the Party supporters while at his home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura.

The Bushenyi district delegation included the Minister of Information and National Guidance Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the newly appointed Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Affairs, Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, the new Ambassador to New York, Richard Nduhuura and Bushenyi district LC5 Chairman, Willis Bashaasha as well as many other local leaders.

He advised the leaders to put the party first then their personal gains after.

He continued to say that it was not necessary for a top Movement leader to involve himself or herself in local politics and side with one Movement supporter against another.

Museveni said this yields divisionism and leaders need to leave such prerogative and democratic rights to the wanainchi who live and know their candidates well.

NRM has lost nearly all by-elections due to what many consider is as a result of internal fights and lack of cohesion.

He continued to encourage them to embrace reconciliation, stressing that failure to reconcile denoted poor leadership style.

The by-election in which Nasser Bassajabalaba lost to FDC’s Odo Tayebwa in Bushenyi left many wounded due to counter accusations that some NRM supporters especially Nduhuura, had secretly backed the opposition candidate.

He reminded the meeting that in an election, there has to be a winner and loser and that it was not necessary to treat one’s political opponent as enemy.

Museveni also called on the population to always do research on the needs of their areas and work with the relevant government organs to find solutions to challenges.

He warned failure to do this would expose movement leaders to risking being unpopular among the electorate.

The President strongly condemned the reported cases of vote rigging by the opposition.

“Vote rigging is evil, criminal and an enemy of democracy because it erodes the democratic freedom of the people to elect their leaders and the Movement government will never tolerate it and will do all it takes to bring the culprits to book,” he warned.

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