The Kabale NRM chairperson, Ms Hope Mwesigye, has said she is ready to face the party’s disciplinary committee if officially summoned.
Addressing a press conference in Kabale Town on Friday, the former minister of Agriculture maintained her innocence, saying allegations of being involved in intrigue and cliques levelled against her are false.
“I am ready to face the NRM disciplinary committee because I know I am innocent on the allegations levelled against me,” Ms Mwesigye said.
She advised MPs on the NRM caucus to stop witch-hunting and back-stabbing the ruling party’s secretary general, Mr Amama Mbabazi, but focus on the needs of their electorate.
Last week, MPs agreed to shift some of the secretary general’s responsibilities to Mr Richard Todwong, a minister without portfolio.
Mr Mbabazi refuted claims that he may have been dropped as secretary general, maintaining that the parliamentary caucus had no power to remove him.
Ms Mwesigye, a sister-in-law to the Prime Minister, accused the NRM caucus of breaching the Constitution and that of the party by endorsing a sole candidate.
“I am presidential material because I qualify. NRM caucus has no mandate to endorse a sole candidate,” she said.
“I am not campaigning for Mbabazi but if he comes up for presidency at the right time and right forum, I will support him because he is intelligent enough to lead... It is not the role of the parliamentary caucus to select a sole candidate,” she added. What they did was beyond their mandate as per constitution.”
Ms Mwesigye also faulted the security agencies for arresting youth that held a conference to support Mr Amama Mbabazi for presidency, saying that the move was unconstitutional and violated their rights. “Why arrest the youth that had a conference endorsing Amama Mbabazi and praise MPs that endorsed a resolution to support president Museveni?” she said.
She advised the NRM MPs to implement their manifestos and leave the mandated party structures to execute the duty of selecting the flag bearers.
“If you cross the river before you reach it, you may fall in it. You are preparing food for lunch and at the same time you are lamenting tomorrow’s meals,” Ms Mwesigye said.