Mubende. Ruling NRM party flag bearers in local council elections in Mubende District have protested over what they describe as meagre money sent to the district to facilitate their campaigns.
The NRM flag bearers vying for different positions, including district councillors, division /parish councillors, municipality councillors and special interest group, claim the amount of money they were supposed to receive had been reduced without any clear explanation from the district party leaders.
According to Ms Cotilda Nambaya, the NRM flag bearer for Kamusenene parish in Kiganda Sub-county, they were supposed to get Shs300,000, but they received only Shs100,000, when they turned up at the NRM district offices.
“It is really unfortunate that leaders can swindle such little money. We knew what we were supposed to get but they chose to give us less money,” Ms Nambaya said during a meeting at the party offices on Monday.
Mr Sam Luyombya, the NRM flag bearer for Busenya parish in Butoloogi Sub-county, said he was also shocked to learn that their colleagues, who are standing at municipal and district levels received Shs500,00 and Shs1 million respectively.
“It’s a pity that no clear explanation has been provided as to why our share has been reduced from Shs300,000 to Shs100,000. Where is fairness here?” Mr Luyombya asked.
The money was also given to the NRM local leaders in appreciation of their role in mobilising support for both President Museveni and all party parliamentary flag bearers during last Thursday’s general election.
The NRM parish flag bearers were meant to receive Shs300,000 each.
However, the Mubende District NRM secretary, Mr Salim Lutaaya, said a section of party parish flag bearers were misinformed about the amount of money they were supposed to get and no funds had been misappropriated as claimed by some party members .
“We received this money when it was already allocated and we simply distributed it among the party flag bearers and there is nothing we can do about it,” he told Daily Monitor in a telephone interview on Monday.