By Felix Tumwesigye
Rubanda East constituency legislator Henry Musasizi who also doubles and the National Resistance Movement Party chairperson for Rubanda district has come under fire from party members and leaders for allegedly trying to influence the ongoing registration and verification of NRM –party members.
The exercise which started on 9th March ends on the 15th ahead of the party primary elections later this year.
A section of residents and political leaders in Rubanda district are accusing the district National Resistance Movement Party (NRM) Chairperson Henry Musasizi of what they termed as irregularities in the ongoing mass registration and update of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party registers.
According to statement released last week by the NRM party secretariat, the exercise which started on Monday 9th is supposed to end on Sunday, March 15th.
According to the NRM secretariat guidelines, the party village committee members shall be the pivot of this exercise to identify the party registrars and updating the members’ registers while the NRM district administrative secretaries shall be limited to the update exercise for the number of days aforementioned on the exercise road map. However, in Rubanda district especially in Ikumba, Bubaare and Muko Sub Counties, the exercise is yet to start.
Now, residents who among others include Julius Barekye, a resident of Ikumba sub county, Consolanta Tundimwebwa a resident of Kashara village Rubanda town council, Richard Byabasheija a resident of Nyaruhanga ward Rubanda town council and Bruno Tindimwebwa claim that the district party chairperson; Henry Arigayira Musasizi who is also the Rubanda East Member of Parliament used his powers to select his own polling agents and those staunch supporters of his close friend Henry Banyezaki, the former State Minister for Economic Monitoring to be village registrars which contravenes the party guidelines.
The locals said that the district party Chairman did not give any chance to the district village mainstream party committees to select registrars a move they say could be aimed at rigging votes since he can easily influence and bribe them for personal political gains.
The Rubanda district Chairperson Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema and the district vice Chairperson Pastori Twinomuhangi want the national NRM secretariat to intervene immediately into the matter before the situation worsens.
Musasizi has declined to comment on the matter.
Rubanda Resident District Commissioner Peter Kibondo Rwakifari believes the selected registrars had all the qualifications but warned them against being biased and compromised by politicians.