Iganga- Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has dissolved his initial campaign team in Iganga District and constituted another amid claims that some of the old team members had been compromised by the ruling NRM.
The old team led by Mr Atim Mpata was dissolved last Friday and replaced by one led by the Speaker of Iganga District Council, Mr Herbert Kisaame, during a meeting presided over by a member of the Go Forward National Campaign Task Force, Dr Waiswa Kibumba.
Soon after being named chairman, Mr Kisaame promised to rejuvenate the Go Forward candidate’s fortunes in the area.
“We are going to work tooth and nail to see that our candidates win in the forthcoming elections,” he said.
The new team
Others on the new team are Mr Musisi Isabirye (Vice Chairman), Mr Alex Kiwanuka (Logistics Officer), Mr Paul Buyinza (in Charge Youth Desk), Mr Omar Gandi (Publicity), Mr Geofrey Musobya (Electoral Affairs) and Ms Rebecca Suubo (Women Affairs).
The Go Forward team’s coordinator in Iganga Municipality, Mr Peterson Wambuzi, told Daily Monitor that the decision to replace the old team was reached by the former premier and NRM secretary general following his campaign sojourn in the area on January 17.
According to Mr Wambuzi, Mr Mbabazi was not impressed with the level of organisation and public turn out at his rallies in Busembatia Town Council and Iganga Town, a scenario which was blamed on Mr Mpata, who is believed to have deliberately failed the team’s mobilisation efforts after reportedly being “reached” by some leaders of the ruling NRM.
“We got information that Mr Mpata and his group were compromised and have been holding meetings with NRM officials,” Mr Wambuzi said.
However, Mr Mpata, who was not present during the meeting at which his team was dissolved, denied having been compromised. “First of all, I am not aware of my sacking and the dissolution of my team, but that is beside the point.
The issue is that I am still a supporter of Mr Mbabazi and I have never defected to the NRM or even worked with any of its officials to undermine my own candidate,” he told Daily Monitor last Saturday.