Ruling party MPs defy top organ on 2016

Kampala. The ruling NRM party legislators have vowed to go to their constituencies to “market” President Museveni’s sole candidature and “highlight” the party achievements ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The latest caucus resolution, however, is in total disregard of last week’s stand by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) that the Kyankwanzi resolution was a wrong call a and black spot on the image of the party.

The NRM Caucus spokesperson, Ms Evelyn Anite, who is the chief architect of the resolution, told the Daily Monitor on Friday that the MPs did not need permission from CEC to meet their voters.

“The caucus resolved that members go to their constituencies to explain the Kyankwanzi resolution and highlight the achievements of NRM,” Ms Anite said. She condemned allegations that NRM lawmakers pocketed cash to market Museveni’s candidature.

“There is nothing wrong with what we have done. We speak for the party and our decision as caucus is our decision. In any case, what is wrong with saying President Museveni is our sole candidate?” Ms Anite asked.“We don’t need money to go to our constituencies. Those spreading rumours that we received money just want to tarnish the image of MPs,” she added.Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who did not attend the caucus meeting, communicated the CEC decision to the NRM Caucus last week.

The top party organ argued that there was need for open competition and that it was not the responsibility of the NRM Caucus to endorse party flag bearers before they concluded that there was no urgency for the consultations.


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