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Bukono NRM primaries suspended over murder of Minister Namuganza’s agent

Persis Namuganza

Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission (EC) chairman Dr Fred Tanga Odoi has suspended the Bukono County election in Namutumba District,after the murder of Minister Persis Namuganza’s agent.

Tanga Odoi assured Namuganza’s supporters that police would find the agent’s killers.

“I have suspended elections in the Bukono constituency because Persis Namuganza’s agent was killed this morning. We have sent police to arrest anyone connected to that killing,” he said on September 04.

Namuganza has been an NRM-leaning independent MP.

She now wants to be the ruling party’s flag for the Bukono Constituency.

The junior minister recently lost to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga in the race for the Second National Vice Chairperson position in hotly contested NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) elections.

Dr Tanga Odoi has so far suspended elections in four constituencies: Bukono, Mawogola North and Mawogola West in Sembabule District and Kigulu South in Iganga District.

In Mawogola North, there were clashes between supporters, aides and guards of President Yoweri Museveni’s younger brother Godfrey Aine Sodo and foreign affairs minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa’s daughter Shartis Nayebare Musherure.

Hours before Dr Tanga Odoi suspended the election, deputy police chief Maj Gen Sabiti Muzeyi rushed to the district over reports of violence.

Also, NRM national vice chairperson Al hajji Moses Kigongo was in the district to find a solution to the disagreements between Musherure and Aine.

For Mawogola West, the election was suspended after one of the contenders, Anifa Bangirana Kawooya, sustained injuries in clashes.

Her opponent Joseph Ssekabito’s supporters protested the decision to call off the election.

In Kigulu South, the NRM EC postponed the election after Stephen Waako, one of the aspirants succumbed to injuries sustained in a September 03 accident at Kakira on his way to Jinja.

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