Bushenyi—26, August 2020: Sharp disagreements have erupted between top NRM party leaders in Bushenyi district.
This follows an incident where four NRM fans were insulted and later injured because of electoral violence.
Some leaders accuse the Bushenyi district NRM party chairman, Hassan Bassajjabalaba, of fuelling the violence in the district by supporting one candidate against the other in the forthcoming Bushenyi district women NRM parliamentary elections.
The last evening’s (Tuesday) clashes between the supporters of Annet Katusiime Mugisha and Mary Karooro Okurut forced the two candidates to address parallel press conferences on Wednesday, 26 August 2020.
The Katusiime group led by Yorokam Bashaasha also accused Hassan Bassajjabalaba of failing the party principles.
Soon, Hassan Bassajjabalaba, who’s also a renowned tycoon in the country, addressed a press conference in which he reacted to the accusations.
Mr Bassajjabalaba said those accusing him have no moral authority to do so because they are not known in the NRM hierarchy, adding that “they are not members of the executive within the district”.
“I have evidence that those who were accusing me have been bribed by Eng Silver Mugisha and his wife Katusiime to tarnish his name,” he told a press conference in Bushenyi on Wednesday.
The tycoon also said he is a peaceful man and there is no way he can promote violence during NRM primary elections as alleged by Annet Mugisha’s team.
Bassajabalaba also noted that Bashaasha and the team cannot impeach him as they are threatening because none of them is part of the NRM district executive.
“I’m the biggest landlord in Bushenyi, therefore I cannot steal the small piece of land on which Ishaka Mosque sits as Sulaiman Byekwaso claims,” he added.
According to the NRM district chairman, he was not the one who suspended Byekwaso from the Mosque, but it was an order from the Mufti of Uganda, Sheik Shaban Mubajje.
Three people in Ishaka were last evening injured in a political scuffle. Both were supporters of Annet Mugisha and Mary Karooro Okurut. They are currently admitted at different health facilities in Ishaka town.