Internal fights kill NRM party in Masindi

ICT Minister cum NRM Vice Chairman for western Uganda, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, in Masindi. (Photo: Moses Andama)

Internal bickering, fights, accusations, counter accusations and character assassinations are the features of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in Masindi.

Despite subscribing to one political affiliation, the Masindi district party bigwigs have gained notoriety for fighting one another at the expense of service delivery to their constituents.

The fracas began when some district NRM politicians accused the District Chairman, Mr Cosmas Byaruhanga, of ostensible incompetence and abuse of office, causing mayhem that saw service delivery affected since they spent most of the time trading blames.

Such a vendetta was publicly manifested more than a week ago, when a cluster of councillors petitioned the Minister of Local Government calling for action against Mr Byaruhanga who they said lacked integrity to command service delivery to the electorate.

Led by the District Speaker, Mr Moses Kirya, the councillors delivered the petition to the minister calling for Mr Byaruhanga’s impeachment.

However, this did not augur well with the minister who instead sought amicable ways of solving the matter, reasoning that internal conflicts among members ruin the party in addition to portraying a bad image to members of the opposition parties.

This melee coerced Information and Communications and Technology (ICT) Minister, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, to intervene so the warring parties can mend fences and avoid washing their dirty linen in public.

During a harmonisation meeting with the NRM big shots at Kolping Hotel in Masindi town yesterday (Wednesday), the minister, who doubles as the NRM Vice Chairman for Western Uganda, did not have kind words for the belligerents.

He said instead of concentrating on working towards service delivery for improved socio-economic performance, the party members were indulging in trivial issues.

The politician advised the leaders to use the time to mobilise and sensitise people about developing the district; informing the petitioners that their write up did not hold any water.

“The petitions that have been made by leaders and councillors in the district to various offices are petty and driven by fights against one another for selfish interests. Human beings by nature make mistakes which the leaders in Masindi should not capitalise on to fight each other. They should instead unite and push for the development of their areas and issues like the price of sugarcane and construction of a new hospital,” he said.

During the meeting, Mr Byaruhanga admitted that there is internal fighting among NRM party leaders in the district.

He said such misunderstandings can only be done away with through reconciliation for the district to realise development in diversity.

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