Museveni Picks Forms: “NRM Historicals Seduced Me to Stand Again”

The National Résistance Movement Electoral Commission has suspended the elections for Members of Parliament and LC5 leaders for Wakiso district.

The election according to NRM deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, no rx was moved to tomorrow October 28, ask following irreconcilable glitches

Opondo explained that the district leadership agreed to stay the polling exercise after a ghost candidate appeared on the ballot papers for the district woman MP seat.

Hon Rosemary Seninde was unopposed in the race but her name appeared on the ballot paper with another person who was never in the race.

He added that in some areas some candidates’ names were misspelled like in Busike County, while other polling stations received ballots of different areas.

Opondo said that the party would have to reprint ballots and ensure that correct delivery is done.

Elsewhere where elections materials arrived late, Opondo revealed that the commission had resolved to allow them more voting time, while in extreme cases the voting would be extended to tomorrow.

The affected districts are Wakiso and Namutumba [for tomorrow] while in Kiruhura, the exercise was pushed to Monday, following the death of one of the contestants.
Amama Mbabazi must relinquish his position as Kinkiizi West MP after declaring intentions to contest for president on the independent ticket, ampoule said a top NRM official Friday.


“If Mbabazi is decent enough he should return the NRM card, patient resign from parliament and become an independent,” said NRM Deputy Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo.

He said the Constitution provides that once an elected Member of Parliament crosses the floor, one must resign – leading to a by-election.

Article 83 of the Constitution provides for the tenure of office of Members of Parliament.

It states one loses an MP seat, “If that person leaves the political party for which he or she stood as a candidate for election to Parliament to join another party or to remain in Parliament as an independent member.”

Mbabazi today said six weeks ago he declared his intention to stand for presidency but that the idea was not well received by the NRM top brass whom he accused of frustrating him.

“For me what is alive today as it was back then is a desire to serve my country but the fact is that the NRM has sought to obstruct my intentions completely,” Mbabazi said.

In response, Opondo said Mbabazi’s actions “can compel us to petition Electoral Commission and other authorities to get him out of Parliament.”

“We appeal to his honourable wisdom to return the NRM card. If Mbabazi has problems with the law, let him go to court.”


Article 83 of the Constitution has previously been a source of contention.

Legal experts say the reason for the inclusion of Article 83 (1) (g) and (h) in the Constitution was to address some of the wrongs identified in Uganda’s history of political and constitutional instability.

The Uganda Constitutional Commission headed by Justice Odoki, , as he then was, gathered views from Ugandans as to how they wanted to be governed and made a report that was debated by the Constituent Assembly and provided the basis for the 1995 Constitution.

The Commission found that since the attainment of independence, it had become a practice by Members of the political parties in opposition crossing the floor in Parliament and joining the party in Government, thus contributing to the creation of a one party state and rendering the working of multi-party democracy impossible.

The Odoki Commission thus proposed as a remedy that in the case of a multi-party Parliament a member wishing to cross the floor must first resign his or her seat and seek fresh mandate from the constituency that had elected him/her to represent the people of that constituency in Parliament.

Likewise, once elected as an Independent, should also seek fresh mandate on joining a political party, the commission argued then.

Mbabazi’s campaign team is yet to respond to the latest assertions.
The Defense and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament has directed the Public Service Commission and the Minister of Internal Affairs to make provision for recruitment of pregnant women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) into Immigration Directorate.

The Committee made the directive while meeting the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission Justice Ralph Ochan and Minister of Internal Affairs, more about Hon. Gen.  Aronda Nyakairima on Thursday, viagra buy 30th July 2015.

The meeting follows reports that pregnant women and People With Disabilities (PWD’s) would not be considered in the ongoing recruitment process as they were not able to take part in the physical exercises.

Oyam South Member of Parliament, see Hon. Betty Amongi said the recruitment process was breaching the human rights of having a family and discriminated against PWDs.

“The act of side-lining pregnant women and PWDs during the recruitment process is an indirect way of saying that they cannot get a job because they are expecting a child or because they are physically challenged,” Hon. Amongi said.

Justice Ralph Ochan said the Commission had created a help desk to attend to the pregnant women and PWDs who had passed the first aptitude test but were not able to participate in the physical test.

“We have received 71 people who have come to register with us and we are preparing an alternative test that will address their special situation,” Justice Ochan noted.

The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah directed the committee on Defence and Internal Affairs to further investigate the issues surrounding the recent exercise of recruitment of immigration officers.

Parliament had earlier on passed a directive suspending the recruitment process following allegations of nepotism, corruption and discrimination against pregnant women and PWDs.

The Mbarara Deputy RDC Mbarara Moses Mwebesa was on Wednesday dragged to court by one of the local businessmen on defamation and assault charges.

Mwebesa appeared before the Mbarara Grade I magistrate court to answer to allegations that he assaulted a local trader Diriisa Katende.

Diriisa says the RDC together with police earlier this year arrested him on false allegations that he stole materials used in the construction of the Mbarara Bypass road.

Before the court room, approved the businessman presented receipts confirming that he legally obtained that said stone dust which police found at his home in Kakoba. He says he bought it from another company on the Mbarara – Ntungamo road.

During his arrest, Diriisa says he was manhandled on the orders of the RDC and that his leg was dislocated from the beating.

The RDC’s however, said all he did was in exercise of his powers and that Diriisa should have sued government and not him as an individual.

The court presided over by Grade I magistrate Daniel Bwambale adjourned the case to 23 September 2015 for further hearing.
President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon rolled at the ruling NRM secretariat along Kaddondo road and picked two nomination forms, see to carry the party’s flag in the coming 2016 general elections and also seek another term as the NRM party chairman.

Museveni arrived a few hours after his major contender on both positions Hon Amama Mbabazi pulled out of the race, information pills opting to come on an independent ticket.

Museveni told hundreds of supporters that gathered at the party offices to welcome him that his decision to seek a fifth term as president was informed by his party’s elders.

NRM Electoral Commission boss Dr Tanga Odoi [C] hands nomination forms to President Yoweri Museveni
NRM Electoral Commission boss Dr Tanga Odoi [C] hands nomination forms to President Yoweri Museveni
About ten of the members of the NRM historical league escorted him to pick the nomination forms.

They included Hon Janat Mukwaya, website like this Eunice Nambuya, Maj. Tom Butime, Dr Eric Adriko, Joan Kategaya, Teddy Wamusi, Magode Ikuya, Ambassador Gabriel Kangwagye, Kintu Musoke, Mambe Mukwama, and Kabandwa Kiggundu.

The league chair Hon Kirunda Kivejinja wasn’t part of the team, being a member on the CEC.

This team, Museveni said, sat with him at State House and told him that he was the leader that Uganda needed.

Museveni said it was the NRM elders that seduced him to contest again
Museveni said it was the NRM elders that seduced him to contest again

“I invited them and asked them, what do we do now? And their view was that I should come and pick these forms and present myself to the party and to the country. That’s why I am here,” Museveni said.

The historical command which comprises of retired NRA soldiers Museveni said also attended the meeting.

“These are of the view that the multi-generational leadership that we have in the NRM, with corrections of mistakes here and there, have the capacity to supervise the takeoff of Uganda into the middle income status,” Museveni added.

“These believe in the leadership of a man that has enabled the NRM and its precursors to overcome several challenges, reinforced by the sea of young people in their 60s, 50s, 40s, 30s 20s and teens, who has succeed in the past, is successful now and will succeed in the future. That man according to the opinion of the historicals is Gen Rtd of the Resistance and the Army, Yoweri Museveni.”

Museveni welcomed at the NRM offices by some of the historicals

The president added that the NRM government was the only one with the answer to Uganda’s challenges such as corruption.

“If we managed to discipline the army, the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the police, we cannot fail to discipline the public structures. You have seen what the ladies Alen Kagina, have done in KCCA, URA and now UNRA.”

Cautious not to mention names, Museveni took a swipe at the old leadership at the NRM Secretariat [led by Amama] which he said was “sleepy”

He said the new team had the capacity to reinvigorate the party from the grassroots to ensure that the NRM remains strong.


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