NRM legislators on spot over Museveni endorsement
Posted Tuesday, March 18 2014 at 02:00
Lawyers want the party to disown the resolutions made by the party’s parliamentary caucus.
A group of lawyers have asked the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to disown the resolutions made by the party’s Parliamentary Caucus, arguing that they were made in contravention of the laws.
Describing themselves as “Constitutional attorneys”, the group also accused the NRM Caucus of usurping the powers of party structures to hold quasi elections, leading to the endorsement of President Museveni as sole NRM candidate for the presidency in the 2016 elections.
“This therefore means that the resolutions made at Kyankwanzi are null and void because they are contrary to the Constitution and also against the NRM laws,” Mr Dennis Sembutya, one of the petitioning lawyers, said.
Mr Sembutya alleges that the NRM caucus resolution is a move to ring-fence any particular office without going through the proper process as spelt out, which undermines the NRM record as a progressive and role model party.
However, Ms Rose Namayanja, the minister of Information and National Guidance, dismissed the allegations, saying there was no resolution at Kyankwanzi but rather an expression of views.
The lawyers’ remarks add voice to that of a number of stakeholders, including opposition politicians, castigating the ongoing bickering in the NRM party.