Monday April 28 2014

Wakiso councillor thrown out of Kabale NRM meeting

 Mr Herbert Kabafunzaki (R), addresses residents

Mr Herbert Kabafunzaki (R), addresses residents of Kashambya after he was thrown out of the meeting. He was accused of gate-crashing and conducting early campaigns. PHOTO BY ROBERT MUHEREZA. 


Kabale- The councillor for Makindye [A] in Wakiso District Mr Herbert Kabafunzaki, was on Friday thrown out of an NRM consultative meeting at Kashambya Sub-county headquarters in Kabale District over what organisers described as gate-crashing.

The meeting, organised by Rubanda East MP Henry Musasizi to popularise Mr Museveni’s sole candidature in 2016, also accused Mr Kabafunzaki of prematurely campaigning for the Rukiga parliamentary seat.

Mr Musasizi is in charge of coordinating NRM party meetings in Rukiga County because the current area MP, Mr Jack Sabiti, is a member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party.

“You [Kabafunzaki] must go out of this meeting because you were not invited. This meeting is only for NRM leaders in Kashambya Sub-county,” Mr Musasizi said as the audience cheered him on

“I am surprised to see your posters pinned all around yet we are not her to campaign for parliamentarians.”

Mr Kabafunzaki who hails from the neigbouring Rwamucucu Sub-county, however, told journalists that whereas it is true he had expressed interest in the Rukiga parliamentary seat, he had come around to boost NRM party activities in the constituency.

“I had come to boost NRM activities in my area. It is unfair that I have been humiliated before my people,” he said.

He asked residents in Rukiga to stop electing opposition figures, saying they risk being isolated because of poor choices.

However, Mr Kabafunzaki was shocked that the Kabale District chairman, Mr Patrick Besigye Keihwa, and the Kashambya Sub-county NRM chairperson, Mr Asiimwe Rwamwehare, had asked for the removal of all posters promoting his candidacy, saying it was too early to campaign for parliamentary seats.