By Joseph Baguma
“I am not an intruder in the municipality because I was born in Kihande cell to Prince Labwoni who was also buried in Kihande. So, how can someone say that i am an intruder here," former minister Kabakumba responded to some claims that she was an intruder in Masindi municipality, yet her home is Bujenje county, which she represented in previous parliaments.
Masiko, who lost the primaries in Bujeneje and decided to contest in Masindi municipality as an independent also asked the Police in Masindi to investigate claims from his supporters that they are being intimidated by supporters of his opponent Ernest Kiiza.
Kabakumba, who is also the NRM chairperson for Masinidi district, says that she has received a number of claims from her supporters that supporters of some of her opponents were going around registering her supporters in the municipality telling them that they will not vote.
"I have already filed a case at Masindi Police of intimidation and I want them to investigate this matter thoroughly to know their real intention because my people are worried," she said
Kabakumba's allegations followed complaints from her supporters in Bigando ward where she held her first rally on January 2, 2016.
Voters told Kabakumba that they were scared that they may not vote in the general elections because people who were writing their names were telling them so.
Addressing a press conference at her home in Kijungu cell in Masindi town on Sunday, Kabakumba said that she cannot take the allegations lightly because such an incident once happened in Busoga region in2011 election.
"I cannot take this lightly because the same happened in 2011 general elections in Busoga where supporters of a certain candidate went on registering names of supporters of his opponents and they ended up not voting on the final day," she said.
she also added that there was no way she could be intimidated by anybody to pull out of the race irrespective of the mud sliding and the negative propaganda her opponents were using to divert her supporter.
"I cannot be moved by the mud sliding and the negative propaganda of my opponents. I will remain focused and win this election," she added.
Commenting on why she had come to contest in Masindi municipality after losing to Patrick Kasumba In Bujenje county where she is the incumbent, she said that she had simply come home and was not a stranger in the municipality.
Kabakumba is facing stiff competition from Ernest Kiiza of NRM who is also the state minister for Bunyoro affairs,Moses Tugume of FDC, Kanti Rogers independent and Lenox Mugume also independent