The youth leadership of the NRM party yesterday insisted that parallel national youth delegates’ conferences that rival party factions have scheduled for this week are all illegal and must be deferred.
Competing youth factions in the party have called separate delegates’ conferences this week. At Bat Valley Primary School, youths claiming to belong to the NRM Muslim Youth have called a conference on May 14 while another touting itself as the NRM Poor Youths has called a conference at Nakivubo stadium on May 15.
Another conference has been convened at Namboole stadium by a group claiming to have authority of the NRM Youth League.
However, in a telephone interview yesterday, Mr Denis Namara, the chairman of the NRM Youth League, indicated that a meeting between President Museveni, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and the NRM Youth League leadership had decided to defer all the delegates’ conferences.
“After consulting the President and the secretary general, we found out that all those conferences are illegal. Articles 29 and 40 of the NRM Constitution show that an NRM conference can either be called by the chairman of that organ or if requested, by one third of the members,” Mr Namara said.
He said the party has written to the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, to stop any delegates’ conferences but the police chief has not responded to the request.
However, Mr Shakur Walusimbi, the NRM councillor for Kawempe Division, who is behind the Nakivubo conference, said they will convene and discuss who to front as the party’s candidate in the 2016 elections.
Yesterday, SMS messages were sent out inviting youths to meet to endorse Mr Mbabazi as their 2016 NRM candidate.
Mr Museveni and Mbabazi are at the centre of leadership contest within the party which came to light after NRM MPs met in Kyankwanzi and resolved that the former will be the party’s sole presidential flag bearer in the 2016 polls.
Though Mr Mbabazi has publicly said he will not run against his party chairman, he insists that party organs, and not the MPs, will decide who their flag bearer will be in 2016.