KAYUNGA- Kayunga District NRM chairperson Moses Karangwa has warned district and sub-county leaders who subscribe to the ruling NRM party against awarding government contracts to Opposition supporters.
Mr Karangwa said awarding tenders to their opponents would instead strengthen the Opposition who are bent on failing the NRM-led government.
“We should strengthen our party. Many of our supporters are unemployed so all the tenders and contracts should be given to them because they have the capacity to run them,” Mr Karangwa said, adding: “I don’t want to hear that an FDC or DP supporter has been given a tender.”
Mr Karangwa made the remarks at the weekend while addressing NRM leaders who contested on the party’s ticket.
However, earlier, Mr Karangwa had appealed to all the elected leaders in the district to serve all people irrespective of their political inclination, boasting that the district was still an NRM stronghold given that many elective positions were won by NRM candidates.
According to the February 18 election results, Mr Museveni’s support in the district shrank, polling 58 per cent of cast votes compared to 86 per cent in 2011.
Mr Karangwa also criticised his political nemesis, Ms Idah Nantaba, the State Minister for Lands, for ignoring President Museveni’s plan to reconcile warring party factions in the district, saying he was ready to work with the minister.
Ms Rose Birungi, the Kayunga District Resident District Commissioner, asked party members to bury their hatchets and work for the good of the party.
The NRM camp in Kayunga has in the last two years been shrouded in controversy with in-fighting for political supremacy.
Last year, the district NRM office was closed for six months following disagreements among district party leaders.