Inside Bushenyi NRM chairperson Hassan Bassajjabalaba’s scandals, stakeholders petition President Museveni to sack him
A cross-section of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party stakeholders in Bushenyi district have petitioned the NRM National Chairperson, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni seeking sacking of their district party chairperson.
On Wednesday, August 26,2020, the NRM party members holding placards asked the president to provide remedy for the gross harm and impunity caused by Al Hajji Hassan Bassajjabalaba that undermines the party constitution.
In a petition dubbed ‘the unbecoming behavior of the district NRM chairperson’ dated 26 th August, 2020, members accused their chairperson of failure to pray an impartial role during internal NRM party elections, disrespecting party leaders and candidates participating in party primary elections, openly involving himself in voter bribery while supporting a section of party candidates against others, Conducting open rallies in different areas with massive gatherings that float the presidential directives and Standard operating procedures as laid out by the ministry of health concerning the COVID 19 pandemic, financing illegal activities and undermining elected leaders, dividing the Muslim community, siege and closure of Basajabalaba Mosque, among others.
Members added that the NRM party chairperson has promoted series of electoral violence against party candidates that has left about five people serous injured and admitted in different hospitals on the verge of losing their lives.
It is from this background that the NRM stakeholders appealed the president to refrain Bassajjabalaba from partial and selective participation in NRM primary elections before district NRM members defect to opposition political parties.
NRM stakeholders also want the security agencies in Bushenyi district to “apprehend the criminal gangs under the District Chairman’s sponsorship.”
Apollo Kakonge, the Executive Director Western Ankole Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) confirmed that the Bushenyi situation warrants for immediate action against the NRM district chairperson.
He suspects that by the end of NRM primaries, most candidates will have thought of standing on independent tickets because of the rough party politics that are ongoing.
In response, the accused (Hassan Bassajjabalaba) rubbished all the allegations against him calling for peaceful and fair elections among all party candidates in Bushenyi district.
He instead accused some of the aspiring party candidates who are tarnishing his name after failing to fulfill all the credentials to represent the district.
On issues related with vote bribery, Mr. Bassajjabalaba confirmed that he was fulfilling the 2016 pledge he promised to sub county NRM party chairpersons after massively voting president Museveni into power.
Bushenyi has about 17 sub counties and the battle is between the incumbent Karoro Okurut and Annet Katusiime Mugisha tussling for the district woman MP race.