Jack Byabakama, the former Masindi NRM Registrar is under fire for authoring a letter implicating some party officials in the district for holding secret meetings to garner support for Amama Mbabazi, the former Prime minister.
On October 20, Byabakama who now heads the NRM Albertine regional Task force wrote to presidency Frank Tumwebaze accusing some party members in the region of negative politics and being agents of Mbabazi.
He claimed that the party officials were holding underground campaigns against President Yoweri Museveni in favor of Mbabazi, who is suspected on nursing presidential ambitions.
In his letter, Byabakama singles out Kabakumba Matsiko, the Masindi District NRM chairperson and Bujenje County Member of Parliament, Masindi RDC Martha Asiimwe, District speaker Ronald Kyomuhendo and former Rakai RDC David Maxwell Kaboyo as Mbabazi supporters.
He therefore requested the minister for support for the taskforce to counter the anti-Museveni campaigns in the region. The letter has triggered tension in the NRM leadership in Masindi district prompting several closed door meetings.
The latest meeting was conducted on Friday at Country Inn Hotel. The implicated officials who deny any link with Mbabazi have asked Byabakama to apologize.
Kabakumba Matsiko, the Masindi district NRM chairperson describes Byabakama as a masquerader and a self-seeker who is not supposed to transact any business on behalf of NRM and urges party supporters to disregard his letter.
Ronald Kyomuhendo, the Masindi district speaker brands Byabakama a mad fellow seeking favors from the president by maligning them.
Kyomuhendo however notes that NRM fought for democracy which empowers Ugandans to support a candidate of their choice.
He says there is no harm if one chooses to support a candidate of his/her choice. But Byabakama has stood his ground, vowing never to apologize for telling the truth. He also pledges to give evidence to back his claims once called upon.
Frank Tumwebaze, the presidency minister has not yet commented on the letter as he couldn’t be reached by the time of filing this story.