The NRM Electoral commission headed by Tanga Odoi yesterday castigated members of parliament who are trying to bribe their way back to parliament. Addressing the media at NRM EC offices, Odoi revealed that as a result of desire to bribe, some of the members have already fallen prey to city conmen who have fleeced millions of shillings from the members promising to give them ballot papers for stuffing. He said for example, a city conman only identified as Tinkamanyire was a few days ago arrested in Bukedea as he tried to con several contestants in the district claiming to be working in the NRM secretariat and therefore had the ballot papers for MP primaries.
Tinkamanyire, according to Tanga, went to Bukedea after he had successfully finished to con Members of Parliament from Butaleja district whom he called to a fake meeting promising to give them ballot papers and they gave him shs 600,000 each. Tanga castigated members for behaving in what he called a dishonorable manner of believing in bribery instead of working for their victory.
NRM EC has also said that primaries for Members of Parliament, LC5 chairmen and Lord Mayor await NRM CEC decision. EC commissioner Jane Alisemera says it is CEC to choose dates for when these primaries can be conducted.
The party’s EC had summoned the press to brief them on the upcoming primary elections for NRM councilors at district, sub-county and municipal councils. She says the elections for these people will take place on Monday October 5 in the regions of Northern, Karamoja, Eastern and Western.
The primaries for those positions in Kampala and Buganda NRM regions will take place on October 8.
Last week, the NRM EC postponed indefinitely primaries for NRM MP aspirants and district chairpersons citing ‘unforeseen’ circumstances.