Unlike before when the press freely interacted with ministers and some ruling party MPs serving on the NRM Parliamentary Caucus executive, it has now become almost impossible to get their views. It is as if there is pervasive fear of being quoted on matters to do with the NRM party in the press.
Sources from within have intimated that these individuals have been cautioned against sharing party information with the media. The word of caution is said to have been delivered at a recent meeting attended by very senior personalities, one of whom is said to have indicated that some media are biased and pro-Mbabazi.
Henceforth, it was said, only official party spokespersons shall be allowed to comment on party issues. No one knows if they may explain why minister for the Presidency, Frank Tumwebaze, is averse to taking calls from journalists lately? Or if it has anything to do with the sudden reticence of previously free-speaking notables such as Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, who is the NRM Caucus spokesperson and deputy Evelyn Anite. Almost every time one wants a comment from them, they simply say they are still consulting.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor