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We shall not step down for flag-bearer, West Nile losers tell Wanyoto

By Benedict Okethwengu

Added 28th October 2020 11:02 AM

Candidates said the reconciliatory process was too late, adding that most of them had invested heavily in printing posters.

We shall not step down for flag-bearer, West Nile losers tell Wanyoto

Wanyoto urged the candidates to put aside internal wrangles and focus on working for the party. File Photo

Candidates said the reconciliatory process was too late, adding that most of them had invested heavily in printing posters.

POLITICS|NRM|PRIMARIES

Losers in the recently concluded National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries in Zombo and Nebbi districts have rejected the call for them to denounce their candidature in next year's elections.

In Nebbi and Zombo, the meetings aimed at convincing the members were spearheaded by the NRM Women's League chairperson, Lydia Wanyoto in Pakwach town recently.

However, candidates said the reconciliatory process was too late, adding that most of them had invested heavily in printing posters and paying nomination fees.

The party election disputes tribunal, which is comprised of 20 lawyers, handled more than 400 petitions challenging the results of the elections.

Due to decisions of the tribunal, some flag-bearers had their results upheld whereas in some places there were residual elections.

Richard Orieda, who lost the bid for the district chairperson flag, insisted that the voting was marred by rigging.

"Candidates were selected and endorsed by the party leaders from the district and the secretariat. It is because of this that I say it is too late to step down," Orieda said.

Ronald Ozinda, who lost in the same race and is now running as an independent, said they want the entire Pakwach district party leadership to be sacked.

He said the NRM leaders rigged the primaries in favour of some candidates. Marshal Alenyo, who lost to Fred Omach for Jonam County MP seat, did not attend the meeting. Jacqueline Aol, the incumbent Nebbi Woman MP, said she was cheated.

However, Swaib Toko, the Pakwach Resident District Commissioner, cautioned the independents against confusing the masses by telling them they are NRMleaning.

He said independents cease being party members as soon as they decide to contest on their own.

"We had a reconciliation meeting with all the aspirants after the elections. Surprisingly, the next day, I saw them being nominated as independents," he said.

Wanyoto urged the candidates to put aside internal wrangles and focus on working for the party. She promised to deliver all their concerns to the party chairperson.

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