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NRM MP barred from addressing mourners

By Jackie Nambogga

Added 21st January 2018 03:48 PM

No sooner had Lufafa picked the microphone than an unidentified youth dashed and grabbed it from him.

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No sooner had Lufafa picked the microphone than an unidentified youth dashed and grabbed it from him.

PIC: Nelson Lufafa with his wife after his nomination to vie for the Butembe parliamentary seat in 2016

JINJA - Butembe County legislator in Jinja district Nelson Lufafa suffered a third blow after he was barred from addressing mourners.

Lufafa, who belongs to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), was restrained from speaking at the burial of Fatuma Lwabaga at Buwenda village, Mafubira sub-county in Jinja district on Saturday.

The deceased is daughter to Ahamad Lwabaga, an NRM leader at the Buwenda parish executive.

When the area LC3 chairperson, Hamis Nagaya concluded his condolence message, he was asked to invite Lufafa.

No sooner had Lufafa picked the microphone than an unidentified youth dashed and grabbed it from him.

The youth’s action caused mixed reactions from mourners with some supporting him, while others were bitter.

Those in support of the act accused Lufafa of supporting the removal of the presidential age bill, yet they were against it.

Confusion marred the ceremony as residents began pelting stones at Lufafa until he was whisked away by a Police officer who was guarding him.

The residents shouted at Lufafa who drove off in vehicle with South Sudan number plate.

Efforts to talk to Lufafa were futile as his known mobile phone was not reachable.

However, some residents accused a one, Musengwawo, a former campaign agent of Lufafa’s rival in the 2016 parliamentary polls, Grace Kirya of FDC, for sabotaging the MPs efforts to talk to the mourners.

They argued that such a gesture against their leaders was likely to create a gap between the electorate and their legislators and eventually affect lobbying.

This was the third time Lufafa was getting a bad reception from his voters.
The first incident involved the destruction of his vehicle at Mafubira Primary School, where he had convened a meeting with NRM members to advocate for the age limit Bill.

The second incident was allegedly of last Christmas when worshipers at Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe also walked away when the legislator entered the church in protest of supporting the age Bill.

Meanwhile, Kagoma County MP also in Jinja, Moses Walyomu, has met similar resistance from addressing several burials over the same accusations.

His recent blow was at the burial of Farida Jowali in Buwenge town council, where he was also stoned by residents only to be rescued by the Police that whisked him away.

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