The Independent (Kampala)

Uganda: Mafabi's Camp Accuses Alaso of Election Malpractice

Major Rubaramira Ruranga the chief campaigner for Nandala Mafabi in the previous Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential election has accused Alice Alaso for using a relative in the running of the party affairs during elections that were held on Nov. 22.

He said this while appearing before the committee chaired by Ladislaus Kiiza Rwakafuzi, a city lawyer that is investigating the malpractices committed in the electoral process accusing the Secretary General of the party Alice Alaso for using ADC, Richard Otuke a non official to be in charge in cleaning the party's voter's register.

He says, "The chief electoral commissioner Dan Mugarura never protested against this act despite complaints from Nandala Mafabi's camp, there was no response to this effect."

"The task of printing electoral materials was the responsibility of the electoral body but it was taken over by Alaso who to the party is like a mother," said Maj Rubaramira adding that, "Unless in this case, she acted like Sarah the wife to Abraham who took sides, by supporting her younger son Jacob while abandoning Esau."

Maj Rubaramira also says Odonga Otto while in Pope John Memorial Center said that Nandala Mafabi got the campaign money from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party saying this is not true.

Nandala Mafabi's camp continues to say that there were many derogative words that were mentioned against their candidate saying the act could have scared many delegates from voting for their candidate.

Alaso is again accused for having downplayed the role of the chief EC Mugarura by allowing the proxy voters for the local delegates which was a clear violation of the party regulations that were set by the National Executive Committee (NEC).

While on the same note, Mugarura never bothered as the EC boss to attend the NEC meetings to be chaired by Otuke who is an ADC and a relative to Alaso.

John Kikonyongo who is on Nandala Mafabi's camp said, in 2007, "There was a resolution which refused proxy internally except the external ones but both proxies were allowed in the electoral process."

The chairman of the committee, a city lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi then told the meeting that both Alaso and Mugarura shall be called to give their presentations both verbal and in written in a bid to defend themselves.

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