The Electoral Commission chairperson of the ruling NRM party, Dr. Tanga Odoi has threatened to postpone the party primaries one more time if electoral violence continues to prevail. This follows a series of reports that the two camps have persistently attacked supporters of one another. Even today, a short heinous clip making rounds on social media implicates Minister Kuteesa’s daughter, Shartis Musherure to have ordered the battering of a yet to be identified supporter of Museveni’s brother, Aine Sodo Kaguta.
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Reports jetting in further indicate that the man beaten to pulp by Kuteesa bodyguards has breathed his last. We have further learnt that this violence is not new as it has become part and parcel of Ssembabule politics since the two giants in power (Shartis Kuteesa and Aine Sodo Kaguta) joined the poll. Museveni’s mediation efforts also didn’t yield and he has since neglected to intervene in the politics of this region.
The prevalent violence is not selective. A fortnight back, the Ssembabule town mayor, Mr. Jude Kasekende tested the wrath of the rivalling sides when he was abducted by one of the camps. “The group forced their way into the house and ordered us to lie down. They asked us to identify ourselves before they saw me and dragged me,” Kasekende told the media upon his release. Other victims were his supporters who were dumped in a swamp at Kanywamagana.
Odoi has now warned that the polls which were postponed from September, 28 to 30 are liable to another postponement if the Shartis and Sodo camp do not cease fire and task their supporters to desist from violence tendencies. The polls have been postponed thrice due to violence. Analysts say this is a replica of the 1980’s memories when Minister Sam Kuteesa of the DP back in time defeated a young Yoweri Museveni of UPM for the same constituency, something that compelled him to go for the guerrilla struggle. Unlike those days, the Kaguta and Kuteesa families are now related by the marriage of Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and Charlotte Musherure( a twin sister to Shartis Musherure) which has now complicated issues for the two old men.