President Yoweri Museveni has accepted the Kyankwanzi endorsement to stand again in the 2021 general elections as the ruling party sole candidate.
Museveni made the largely expected consent on Monday afternoon at the ongoing National Resistance Movement Members of Parliament Caucus at National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi.
Pictures of senior party leaders and MPs dancing in celebration of Museveni’s acceptance emerged on Monday evening from the State House press team accompanying the President at Kyankwanzi.
Museveni thanked the two organs of the party that endorsed him as the party flag bearer in 2021.
“I thank my Colleagues in CEC and the NRM Parliamentary Caucus for forwarding my name to continue adding more steps on our mission-oriented journey,” said Museveni.
Museveni, now at 74, said he is pleased with the confidence the party leaders have put on him.
“Am therefore very pleased with your confidence in me and since am still very able and I happen to be among the most conversant with this journey, I happily agree to serve,” added Museveni.
He added, “I am very convinced that together we can make NRM invulnerable, not vulnerable to any attack when we budget well, deal with the issues of the youth & job creation among others”.
The Kyankwanzi endorsement follows a recent Central Executive Committee (CEC) resolution at Chobe lodge to maintain President Museveni as the Chairman of NRM and the party’s flag bearer.
The Persons with Disability (PWD) representative for Eastern Uganda, Hellen Asamo moved the motion to stamp the CEC resolution according to a brief statement made by the NRM Secretariat Communications Officer, Rogers Mulindwa.
“The motion mover Hon. Hellen Asamo representing PWDs in Eastern Region said Uganda needs President Museveni now more than ever before for his firm guide and mentorship of the Party Membership. Her position was unanimously seconded before the Legislators took a break,” said Mr. Mulindwa.
In the copy of the motion Asamo said Ugandans need Museveni more than ever before and described him as a champion against dictatorship and a pro-democracy leader still needed by Ugandans.
“Deeply appreciate and salute the leader of our revolution, President Yoweri Museveni for his visionary, bold, courageous, steadfast and consistent leadership of people in the struggle against dictatorship and for democracy,” said Asamo.
The motion followed presentation by the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba on the topic; “Towards 2021: Milestones & Strategies for the NRM Party”.
Lumumba outlined to MPs the Chobe resolutions including sole candidature and the method to be deployed during the NRM primary elections for Members of Parliament and local government.