Thursday April 10 2014

Tempers flare as MPs sell Museveni sole candidacy

Ntenjeru North MP Amos Lugoloobi (L) talks to

Ntenjeru North MP Amos Lugoloobi (L) talks to NRM party members during a heated meeting in Kayunga Town on Wednesday. PHOTO BY Fred Muzaale 

By Fred Muzaale

Chaos recently erupted at an NRM meeting in Kayunga Town in which area legislators had convened to sell the sole candidacy idea for President Museveni in the 2016 presidential elections.

During the closed-door meeting organised by Kayunga District Woman MP Idah Nantaba and the Ntenjeru North MP, Mr Amos Lugoloobi, some leaders stormed out saying by barring Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi from contesting for the party’s top post, the leaders were acting unfairly.

Party youth protested the resolution and accused their leaders of suffocating internal democracy, adding that Mr Mbabazi had done a good job during his term of office as NRM secretary general.

Earlier that Wednesday, the MPs had highlighted the achievements of President Museveni’s regime and also read the NRM legislators’ Kyankwanzi resolution to have Mr Museveni as the party sole candidate in 2016.

Mr Livingstone Kyagaba, the NRM vice chairperson for Kayunga Town Council, criticised leaders who attacked Mr Mbabazi over his alleged ambition to stand against the President.

Some members proposed that President Museveni and Premier Mbabazi go unopposed for the post of party presidential candidate and secretary general respectively.

But when the matter was put to vote, those in support of the Kyankwanzi resolution carried the day.
Riot police was deployed at the venue to keep order incase the situation went out of hand.