The twelve MPs have written to the partys Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba protesting what they call illegal and arbitrary expulsion from the NRM Parliamentary Caucus last Friday. The MPs were evicted from the caucus meeting held at the Office of the Prime Minister for openly opposing the amendment to Article 102b of the constitution which seeks to lift the 75-year cap on the presidential age.
They are collectively demanding that president Museveni who also doubles as the NRM party chairman urgently convenes a meeting of the Central Executive Committee CEC, the National Executive Council NEC, and National Conference to consider and adopt a common position on the proposed amendment.
Government chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa confirmed to URN in a telephone interview that 20 names were approved by CEC saying that the NRM being the majority party in parliament forms 69 of the appointments committee.
The money that is reportedly channeled through the office of the Government chief whip has been shared by both members of the ruling party-NRM and opposition groups. Itâ€™s reported that up to 18 opposition legislators have benefitted from the loot.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus is to sit again on Monday to appoint new parliamentary committee chairpersons. This will be the 4th time in three weeks that the caucus members are meeting to discuss several issues affecting the party including the perceived fallout between Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
NRM Members of Parliament are set to start mobilizing support in their respective constituencies fronting President Yoweri Museveni as the sole party candidate for 2016 presidential elections. The campaigns are to start on March 20 at the Sub-County level with constituency MPs working closely with the Women legislators.
Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa and also NRM Whip Kampala reveals that the session at State House in Entebbe evoked divergent ideas about Amama Mbabazi prompting members to suggest that he relinquishes the post of NRM Secretary General. He noted that the Caucus resolved that whoever is elected Secretary General should not have a busy office within government.
David Bahati, the Deputy Government Chief Whip say the Caucus will utilize its February meeting in Kyankwanzi to review the progress and challenges of the partyâ€™s work in all sectors using the manifesto as a benchmark.
Isaiah Sasaga, the Budadiri East MPs appeals to the NRM MPs not to change their minds while in todayâ€™s caucus meeting with President Yoweri Museveni at statehouse Entebbe. He warns that it would be a big embarrassment for parliament if NRM MPs come back from the caucus with a contrary decision on the matter.
Members of Parliament have today queried the absence of all ministers and a big number of MPs on the NRM side in the afternoon session. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga suspended the afternoon session for 10 minutes as she waited for Ministers to show up. However, after over 30 minutes, only two junior Ministers, Musa Ecweru and the deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhindi, were in the House.
The NRM chief whip Justine Lumumba today said the executive will sit down and analyse performance of its members. Lumumba stresses that very few or none of the MPâ€™s went through unopposed and wonders why they do not want to work.