Chaos at ULGA assembly over election of new office bearers

The ongoing 24th Annual General Assembly (AGM) of local government leaders under their umbrella body Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) has turned chaotic over the elections for the new President.

Tampers flared, at some point threatening to degenerate into fights between the opposing sides forcing police and military officers deployed at Leslona Hotel in Moroto, the venue for the meeting, to go on the alert.

This followed a declaration by Lwengo district chairman Godfrey Mutabaazi who is the outgoing ULGA, that his Napak counterpart, Joseph Lomonyang had sailed through unopposed, thereby ruling out elections for the new president.

Mutabaazi was seeking a new mandate to head ULGA but was reportedly talked out of the race by President Yoweri Museveni.

“For the good of ULGA, I have decided to withdraw from the race in favour of Karamoja,” Mutabaazi announced as he called Lomonyang to the fore and introduced him as the new ULGA president, sparking off a shouting match.

Lt Gen Charles Angina tries to calm the charged ULGA members

Hell broke loose after Mutaabazi insisted Lomonyang would automatically take over from him which other contestants protested saying it is illegal according to the ULGA constitution.

Local government minister Tom Butime watched as the local government threatened to fight one another.

Butime had prior to the assembly held a closed door meeting at Mount Moroto hotel with the five contestants for ULGA president to convince them to stand down for Lomonyang but some seemed not to have agreed.

The meeting returned to normalcy after the secretariat announced that elections will go ahead as earlier planned.

Others in the race are Mityana’s Joseph Luzige, Kabalore LC 5 chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga, and Katakwi district Chairperman, Elakas Walter Okiring.