Amuru. Members of the ruling NRM party in Amuru District have petitioned the party secretariat to halt any official activities with the party district chairperson, Mr William Nokrach, after he contested as an Independent candidate for the parliamentary seat of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) for the northern region.
Mr Nokrach, the incumbent, lost to Ms Joyce Achan in the NRM primaries in October last year. Mr Nokrach is seeking a third term as MP.
In a January 15, 2016 letter to the NRM secretary general, national secretariat and copied to NRM chairperson among others, the members call for halting of any official dealings with Mr Nokrach in regard to financial resources and party information.
The letter also calls for a written directive from the secretariat ordering the district NRM executive to appoint an interim caretaker to handle affairs of the party in the meantime.
Mr Moses Onen, a member of the presidential task force in Amuru, said Mr Nokrach’s conduct was hurting party activities in the district.
“NRM flag bearers in the district are finding difficulties in reaching out to the communities since it is the party chairperson at the district level who is supposed to introduce them to the locals as they canvass for votes,” Mr Onen said.
Mr Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, a member of the executive, said: “How can he (Nokrach) campaign for the party members when himself is on an Independent ticket?”
In a telephone interview, Mr Nokrach said he would not respond to the petition.
“I cannot respond to the petition, I have not been given a letter on the matter,” he said.
The NRM electoral commission chairperson, Dr Tanga Odoi, said any member who chooses to run as an Independent must relinquish the position they are holding in the party.
“Anyone who has chosen to go as an Independent should vacate his position as the chairperson of the party. We do not have room for such undisciplined people in the party,” he said.
Last month, Masindi NRM executive suspended Bujenje County MP Kabakumba Masiko from the party office for running as an Independent for the Masindi Municipality MP seat after losing to Lt Patrick Kasumba.