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The troubles for beleaguered former Soroti Municipality MP Mike Mukula are deepening after the NRM Electoral Commission was petitioned over sectarian utterances that he made during a radio talkshow in Tororo.

Mukula is facing a stern political test from the powerful former Tororo Municipality MP Sanjay Tanna who is challenging him for the position of NRM Vice Chairman for Eastern Uganda.

In a petition filed to the NRM Electoral Commission, the Campaign Taskforce of Sanjay Tanna detailed evidence of sectarian utterances made by the beleaguered Mukula, in violation of both the NRM and national constitutions.

“The Election Taskforce of candidate Hon. Sanjay Tanna has noted with concern the deliberate utterances of sectarian messages to the NRM members by candidate Mike Mukula during his ongoing campaigns. The latest was on Rock Mambo FM where he portrayed Hon Sanjay Tanna as a foreigner and piling all forms of prejudicial innuendos against his person,” reads the petition.

If the petition goes through, Mukula faces the risk of being disqualified from the race and leaving Sanjay Tanna unopposed.

NRM EC Chairman Tanga Odoi confirmed that Mukula is under probe and faces disqualification from the race.

The petition adds that: “As you are aware, Chapter Two of the NRM constitution provides that: The NRM is a National, broad-based, inclusive, democratic, non-sectarian, multi-ideological, multi-interest and progressive mass organisation.”

Political analysts have predicted that Sanjay Tanna will give Mukula a political whipping, with NRM voters frustrated with the former Soroti Municipality’s endless unfulfilled promises.

THE PETITION: In addition, Section 21(2) of the National Constitution provides that a person shall not be discriminated against on the ground of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed, religion, socioeconomic standing, political opinion or disability.