Kampala- A motion calling upon Tororo NRM district delegates to pass a resolution to sack Mr Amama Mbabazi as secretary general of the party was flatly rejected by the members.
The motion was moved by Mr Dominic Oburu, an NRM promoter in Tororo District, after Soroti Municipality MP and NRM vice chairman for eastern region, Mr Mike Mukula, had called on members to support President Museveni as the party’s sole candidate in 2016.
This was during the district delegates meeting at Rock View Primary School in Tororo Town on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by eastern region Youth MP Peter Ogwang.
“My message to the people of Tororo is one. Museveni Tosha (Museveni is the ideal). If you have a football captain of a winning team, you do not need to change him but continue supporting him,” a top NRM source at the meeting quoted Mr Mukula telling the delegates.
The motion also sought support for amendment of the NRM constitution to give the chairman, currently President Museveni, powers to appoint the party secretary general instead of himher being elected by delegates as is the case currently.
However, when the delegates were asked for their views on the motion, they overwhelmingly rejected it.
The source said Mr Oburu then changed tactics and called on the party members to concretise Mr Mukula’s proposal and pass a resolution as Tororo NRM party members endorsing Mr Museveni as the NRM sole candidate which would be presented during the NRM delegates conference on December 15.
However, this too was defeated in infancy. When Mr Ogwang called members to second the motion, none raised a hand to second it.
“In Parliament when a member proposes a motion, somebody must raise to second it. But since no one has risen to second this motion we cannot take it up,’’ the source quoted Mr Ogwang as saying during the meeting.
One of the delegates, who did not want to be named, told Saturday Monitor that they could not support a motion to throw out Mr Mbabazi as the secretary general because it is Mr Mbabazi who “politically brought up” majority of them.
“Over 70 per cent of us here were made through Mr Mbabazi who has made us what we are. We cannot ignore that,” the delegate said.
The meeting was part of the ongoing consultations which President Museveni assigned to a number of party MPs including Mr Ogwang, Ms Justine Lumumba, Mr Mukula and others for the eastern region.
During the meeting, Tororo District chairman Emmanuel Osuna and chairman of Tororo County David Okuru, who had been wrangling, reconciled and agreed to work together for the good of their party.
Ms Barbara Oundo Nekesa, the Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs read to the members the President’s message on poverty alleviation.
The meeting was attended by Bunya County MP Vincent Bagiire, Tororo NRM chairman Yeri Apollo Ofwono, and Tororo Resident District Commissioner Modesta Bessy Ajilong, among others.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor