By Markson Omagor
In what looks like a vote of no confidence on the recently concluded NRM party primaries, NRM Sub County and Parish chairpersons in Serere County have endorsed Hon. Bishop Patrick Okabe’s independent candidacy.
In a meeting held at Eneku Village in Soroti City yesterday, 9th October 2020, 37 NRM Serere County Chairpersons endorsed and signed Okabe’s nomination forms.
It should be noted that Bishop Okabe disputed the NRM primary results arguing that the elections was widely rigged and was not in the spirit of NRM.
In yesterday’s meeting, the Chairpersons echoed Bishop Okabe’s claims saying the primaries in Serere County did not reflect the will of the people.
“On the polling day, some of us were either beaten, chased away from the polling stations or put on gun point,” said Stephen Otage, the Kateta Sub County Chairperson.
For this reason the 37 NRM Serere County leaders vowed not to support the proclaimed Party Flag bearer, Phillip Oucor.
“Oucor is an imposition on the NRM Members of Serere County. We can therefore not support him. However, we shall tirelessly canvass for vote for Okabe and H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.” James Awenu, the chairman of Atiira Sub County said.
Yesterday we told you in this very site how all incumbents who lost the flag in Serere district are coming back as independents.
All of them have based their decisions on irregularities that characterized the voting where the under age and none Party members were allowed to vote.
Others are George Owanyi of Kasilo County who has been carrying the flag for two terms. Owanyi lost to Edonu Moses, a new recruit from FDC.
Owanyi rejected the outcome of the process saying that the election results announced at the tally center were not consistent with the numbers from the grassroots.
Serere District chairman, Joseph Opit Okojo also declared that he will contest as an independent candidate in the forthcoming general elections after losing the NRM primaries in the newly created Pingire County to Fred Opolot.