Failure by a good number of ministers to serve the electorates has seen many of them lose the party flag to underdogs in the hotly contested party primaries.
The exercise marred by violence has ushered in newcomers in the political mainstream of the party and thrown out the old guards.
Among the old guards who have been darlings to the party chairman, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and other top heads in the party are, Hon. Evelyn Anite who doubles as the investment minister has lost to Dr. Charles Ayume a son to the late Rt. Hon. speaker of parliament Francis Ayume, Hon. Beatrice Anywar, Isaac Musumba, Joseph Kizige, Elioda Tumwesigye, Okello Oryem, John Byabagambi, Karoro Okurut, Molly Kamukama, among others have lost to a good number of newcomers in the political arena.
Hon. Anite’s winners, Charles Ayume accuses Hon. Anite for running politics of gifts which has not led to the transformation of the population and Ayume reveals, he wants to lobby for developmental programs from the government which Hon. Anite has failed to offer.
However, Anite who conceded defeat says, she will be shifting to other responsibilities in the country and leave Ayume to take over.
But The environment minister, Beatrice Anywar, accuses voters for sidelining her coupled with mafias in the party who have contributed greatly to her loss and she vows to turn up in the 2021 general elections as an independent. Says Anywar.
Not only Beatrice who plans to bounce back as independent, many other NRM losers in the party primaries are ready to contest in the coming general elections as independents and this will give a good run for the NRM in the coming general elections.
The process to line up behind candidates’ portraits was seconded in the 2015 party delegates conference in Namboole as a way to avert vote-rigging in the party but to people’s surprise in this exercise, more irregularities have been witnessed resulting into contestation of the results.
Still, many incumbent legislators are also losing the flag to newcomers with reports from across the country, voters accusing the incumbents of not serving them very well during their term in office.