Museveni Meets Wrangling NRM Youth at State House

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Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, confirmed the meeting.

She said a press briefing would be held later today evening.

Sources at State House said Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze and other high ranking party officials are attending the meeting.

Tension has been brewing in the last few months in the NRM over a heated power struggle, with Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s allies mobilising support for his 2016 presidential bid.


Duncan Abigaba, the Spokesperson of the National Organising Committee this week listed Youth leaders who are expected at Namboole.

They include NRM Youth Members of Parliament/NRM Flag bearers for Youth Member of Parliament (5 members); NRM Youth League National Executive Committee (12 Members); all NRM Youth League District Executive Committees (5 Members per District); all NRM Youth League Municipality Executive Committees (5 Members per Municipality) and all NRM Youth League Sub-County Chairpersons.

“Arrival and reporting of delegates shall be on Wednesday 14th May 2014, for accreditation and administrative issues at Kololo Independence Grounds. The conference will start at 8:30 am,” Abigaba told Chimpreports.

It should be noted that pro-Mbabazi youth have been considering the idea of holding a parallel conference at Nakivubo Stadium in Kampala, a move Museveni might not accept.

At Entebbe today, Museveni is expected to encourage the youth against divisions and wrangling.

“The President will clearly tell off the youth that wrangles do not build but destroy internal cohesion which is necessary to defeat the opposition. He will stress the urgency of unity within the party from a historical perspective,” said a senior party official.

Since January, the ruling party has been struggling to reconcile hostile factions led by Mbabazi’s loyalists on one hand and Museveni’s on the other.

Some of the youth who openly campaigned for Mbabazi were arrested and charged. Police said it had ample evidence pinning the suspects in acts of bribery and abuse of office.

The case was struck down after Mbabazi met Museveni at State House.

During the Namboole conference, sources say, pro-Museveni members intend to move a motion to impeach Kampala Youth Chairman Adam Luzindana and his Northern counterpart, Omodo-Omodo for disobeying party structures and engaging in acts aimed at overthrowing the party chairman, President Museveni.

Knowledgeable sources say Mbabazi’s camp has also mobilised numbers to defeat such a resolution, raising fears of possible confrontations at the national stadium.

NRM MPs recently took to the grassroots to promote Museveni’s sole candidature ahead of the 2016 elections; a move many believe was aimed at nipping in the bud Mbabazi’s alleged presidential bid.

Mbabazi maintains he will not stand against Museveni in 2016 but quickly adds that harbouring presidential ambitions is neither illegal nor morally wrong.

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