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In the three-hour meeting that was convened by NRM caucus Vice Chairman, Peter Ogwang, sources quoted Rwabogo making a passionate plea to the legislators to support him as part of a greater push for younger people into the top NRM structures.
Odrek Rwabogo shortly after meeting legislators at Parliament

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President Yoweri Museveni\'s son-in-law Odrek Rwabwogo has met at least 25 Members of Parliament from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, seeking them to back his bid for the NRM party Vice Chairman for Western region.

Rwabogo held a closed door meeting with the legislators, including NRM-leaning Independents, to woo them to support his bid, which he announced last month.

He plans to unseat Major General Matayo Kyaligonza, Uganda\'s envoy to Burundi. However his announcement did not go down well with Kyaligonza and some NRM historicals like Hajji Abdul Nadduli and NRM Vice Chairman, Buganda.

In the three-hour meeting that was convened by NRM caucus Vice Chairman, Peter Ogwang, sources quoted Rwabogo making a passionate plea to the legislators to support him as part of a greater push for younger people into the top NRM structures.

“He told us how he is willing to change the dynamics within the party by pushing for a more transparent ideology that can be embraced by all members,” an Independent MP, who declined to be named said.

Rwabogo is said to have assured the legislators that the backlash he has received from some of the NRM historicals will not deter his aspirations.

Harriet Ntabazi, Bundibugyo Woman MP, says she is ready to back Rwabogo\'s candidature.

“We are ready to support him all the way. Why doesn\'t the old guard pave way for new blood? I think the President should retain them as his advisors,” Ntabazi suggested.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the meeting, Ogwang, also Eastern Youth MP, says the MPs overwhelmingly support Rwabogo\'s bid and will canvass support for him.

Ogwang says Rwabogo should not be intimidated by the old guard, saying it is time for the young turks to also serve the party.

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Some of the MPs who attended the meeting include Milton Muwuma (Kigulu South), Jacob Oboth (West Budama South), Fox Odoi (West Budama North), James Kakooza (Kabula County), Ann Maria Nankabirwa (Kyankwanzi Woman), Arinaitwe Rwakajara (Workers MP) and Gertrude Nakabira (Gomba Woman).

Others are Annet Nyakecho (Otuke Woman), Patrick Nakabaale (Youth MP Central), Raphael Magyezi (Igara West) and Michael Mawanda (Igara East).

Rwabogo told the media that his intention is not to unsettle any historicals but to push the ideologies of the NRM forward, including a better economy and structures.

He is confident that his bid to push for a stronger party structure in the grassroots will strengthen the party and woo more members.

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