NRM cadres in Entebbe have accused a Special Forces Command officer, Capt Barbara Barungi of interfering, spoiling the electoral process leading to the electing of the Parliamentary flag bearer.
The accusations have been made by a host of NRM youths saying Capt Barungi, commonly known as Barbara is supporting a separate candidate in the NRM Primaries contrary to the UPDF Act.
About six candidates are competing to become flag bearers of the NRM in an election slated on Friday, 4th this week. Candidates include Ms Tukei Florence, Madiina Zalwango, Shyaka Gasaija, incumbent Rose Tumusiime among others.
However, sources indicated that Capt Barbara Barungi has been seen campaigning for the incumbent disregarding laws governing UPDF serving soldiers.
“We have seen her dishing out cash and mobilizing NRM Youth to engage in supporting the incumbent. This is bad and illegal,” one of the candidates told Entebbe Post.
The source also established that Capt Barungi has been moving in all corners of Entebbe trying to mobilize and intimidate some of the cadres who do not support Hon Rose Tumusiime.
“These are challenges our Party leadership must address. We can’t have soldiers breaking the law but remain in active politics.” he said.
Entebbe has more than seven garrison command stations with more than 10,000 soldiers from the different units of the UPDF situated within the area.
The UPDF Act bars any serving officer from engaging in Partisan Political affairs of the country. By the time of publishing this story, Capt Barbara Barungi could not be reached on phone for a comment as her known telephone numbers went unpicked.
The NRM Primaries in Entebbe Municipality have severally drawn the attention of the security forces as different candidates within the party engage in activities that jeopardize security.
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