By Jumah Nsubuga
NRM Adhoc committee which was assigned by NRM caucus to study the past chaotic primary elections and make recommendations yesterday interfaced with the party secretary general Amama Mbabazi.
During a six hour meeting held at prime minister’s office, Mbabazi admitted that, the 2011 party primaries were marred violence.According to a source that attended the meeting, Mr Mbabazi said that as a party secretary general, he was also concerned with the way the primary elections were conducted. He added that, the confusions were contributed by a number of factors saying that people who were in charge of conducting elections were not economically facilitated by the party.
“True these people were not given money. They were given allowance to ran the primaries country wide”. He also stressed that “The national chairman together with the national conference should look into the issue of paying people to motivate them if we are to have a free and fair party primary elections”.
Mr Mbabazi while meeting a seven man team led by Wakiso district woman MP Rosemary Sseninde also told them that “The party did not have its own printer to print ballot papers to why ballot papers were linked during the process of moving them from one place to another.
The committee also reported to Mr Mbabazi about the deliberate refusal by his daughter Nina Mbabazi to appear before the committee and interface with members since she was fully involved as a volunteer.
“True as a committee you have to interact with her because she was fully involved and did a voluntary work. But it’s not true that Nina has refused to appear before the committee. The fact is she is still attending to a sick child in the hospital. I will direct her to appear before the committee before they windup next week”Mr Mbabazi said.
The committee will next week meet the party chairman Mr Museveni and ask him what exactly caused by conflicts in 2011 party primaries.
The committee has so far met with the Eastern vice chairperson Rebecca Kadaga,Mike Mukula the party chairman Eastern region, the previous electoral commission led by Ferista Magomu,the current electoral commission led by Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, district chairpersons, secretaries and MPs but all admitted that election of NRM candidates in the previous general elections were marred with violent clashes following allegations of ballot stuffing and rigging. As a result, some of the candidates who felt cheated decided to contest as independents, which posed great challenges to the party leadership.
The committee was given ultimatum of one month to make investigations and report back to the caucus.