Kabale NRM Parliamentary losers shun reconciliation meeting

Kabale NRM Parliamentary losers shun reconciliation meeting
Cross section of NRM losers in Kigezi region (Courtesy photo)

KABALE- All Kabale district losers in the just concluded Parliamentary NRM primary elections have today boycotted NRM party reconciliation meeting.

The NRM Secretariate this week kicked off the Party Membership reconciliation drive across the country. The drive is intended to bridge the gap between winners and losers of the recently concluded NRM Primary Elections as well as convincing NRM leaning independents to withdraw their candidatures from the 2021 general Elections.

In Kigezi Sub-Region, the Chairperson of the NRM workers League James Tweheyo, and Ntungamo Woman Member of Parliament Beatrice Rwakimari are leading the delegation from the Secretariate.

For Kabale District, the meeting was held at White Horse Inn Hotel in Kabale Municipality. The meeting was graced by the Kabale district NRM Chairperson David Bahati, the Ndorwa East Constituency Member of Parliament,also the state Minister of Finance in charge of Planning.

In the meeting, all losers in the concluded NRM primaries especially those who have decided to bounce back as Independents were expected to attend and get reconciled with the party, withdraw their candidatures and support the current party flag bearers.

In Kabale District, those who lost in the concluded NRM party primaries and have been nominated as Independents include Enid Origumisiriza (Kabale Woman Mp race), Simpson Mpirirwe (Ndorwa West constituency) Kenneth Arinaitwe and Grace Ankunda Bekunda Bwesigye for Ndorwa East Constituency race.

However, non of the four NRM leaning Independents attended the reconciliation meeting. Only the Kyankwanzi district deputy RDC Denis Nzeirwe who lost on Kabale district LCV seat to Nelson Nshangabasheija attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by other losers on different local government positions especially LCV councilors.

Speaking to our reporter on phone, Simpson Mpirirwe said he did not attend the meeting because its organizers are self seekers whose intentions are far from reconciling party members.

Mpirirwe said that as losers in the concluded party elections, they have already formed a coalition named Kigezi NRM Flontiers to unite all losers and rally support for those who have bounced back as Independents saying if the party wanted reconciliation, the President should have met them as a group.

Mpirirwe said it’s also too late adding that if the party wanted reconciliation, it would have engaged them immediately after the election before they resolved to bounce back as Independents.

Early this month, 16 losers of the recently concluded NRM Parliamentary party primaries from Kigezi region under the Chairmanship of Simpson Mpirirwe formed a coalition to fight against NRM flag bearers in the forthcoming General elections.

The members said they can never rally support for people who robbed them of their victory.

Grace Bekunda also told our reporter that she couldn’t attend a meeting which she was not invited to. David Bahati the Kabale district NRM Chairperson said they will continue trying to engage all losers in the last party election so that they adhere to their call for reconciliation.