Speaking at the NRM National Delegates’ Conference-President Yoweri Museveni who is also the party chairman said that there will not be any justifiable reason why anyone would stand as an independent candidate, now that the party was moving towards having more transparent elections.
Joyce Achan Aleper, the District Returning Officer says a number of villages had unopposed candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party while several others had NRM-leaning independent candidates as their main challengers.
Politics is simply a game of numbers and maneuvers. In the KCCA council meetings, the National Resistance Movement, often referred to as the minority party, is always at the receiving end. And it was the case on Friday, when councillors voted to delete the word NRM from the KCCA ministerial policy statement.
Addressing locals at Kasoroza playground in Nyakagyeme Sub County, Rukungiri district, on Friday afternoon, President Museveni said that there is no way voters can remain believing in FDC, yet NRM party is the one that fought for Ugandas stability.
Although members of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party argue that NRM has achieved tremendous progress in providing security, their opposition counterparts say that these gains are not sustainable if the countries democratic and human rights record is wanting.
Mourine Osoru, the Arua Woman MP, says she will attend the NRM anniversary celebrations given the fact that they are in her district. She says MPs who say they will skip the celebrations have their reasons different from those who will attend.
There are 386 villages in Ruhaama County. If each party LC 1 chairperson received Uganda shillings 250,000, it means a total of 96.5 million shillings was spent. This does not include money given to parishes and sub county party leaders. There are 114,938 registered voters in 9 sub counties, 3 town councils, and 50 parishes that make up Ruhaama County.
A section of veterans from the National Resistance Movement NRM party Veterans League have told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee that Article 102b of the Constitution does not make sense and should be repealed. The League is composed of largely former men and women of National Resistance Army NRA, a rebel army that captured state power in 1986 and later became Uganda Peoples Defence Forces UPDF.
Different Members of Parliament have described the matter as highly sensitive adding that Ugandans should be given an opportunity to decide whether to lift or not to lift the presidential age limit. Kasambya County MP Gaffa Mbwatekamwa says that parliament cannot be left to solely determine the path for Uganda.
Reverend Canon Aaron Musingye, the Director Religious Affairs in the Office of the President, says the president was very silent on some issues. According to Musingye, he is expected the president to speak on morality.
Mugenga Keitaba, the Kabale NRM party Registrar, accuses the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Major General Kahinda Otafiire of pitching camp in Rukiga to convince voters to support Kamusiime, saying she is being fronted by Museveni.
The National Resistance Movement NRM members in Moroto are asking the party top leadership to severely punish the district leadership for aiding ethnic division. The party members who are travelling to Kampala to meet President Museveni argue that the district leaders were behind ethnic divisions recently encountered by the Matheniko and the Tepeth during the party primaries for the Moroto parliamentary by-election.
They include, incumbent Rehema Watongola- a representative of the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party and Proscovia Salaamu Musumba, representing the opposition Forum for Democratic Change. The others are independent candidates Samuel Walujjo, Michael Kiboome and Prossy Naikoba Kanakutanda.