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Mushega, Katuntu, Root for Muntu; Decampaign Besigye’s Aggressive Style

The NRM Central Executive Committee chaired by President Yoweri Museveni has summoned rebel NRM leaders including presidential hopefuls Hon Amama Mbabazi and Prof Gilbert Bukenya to State House, medicine http://cuveeboutiquespa.com/site/wp-includes/class-walker-category-dropdown.php Nakasero.

According to a brief from NRM, former Vice President Prof. Bukenya will be the first to appear before the four-man CEC select committee at State House, Nakasero starting 11:30am on Thursday.

The CEC team set up to attend to the grievances of distressed party members comprises respected NRM historicals Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Hajji Moses Kigongo and ex lawmaker Capt. Mike Mukula.

Mr Bukenya recently said he does not regret working under President Museveni’s government and that if chance avails, he has no problem rejoining the NRM government.

Mr Bukenya revealed this in an interview with ChimpReports at his home in Kakiri, Wakiso district on July 3.

“I loved his principles that took him to the bush and I was forced to join him. He was a good leader of the modern era who never tolerated dictatorship and loved his people. I don’t regret working under his government,” said Mr Bukenya.

According to Mr Bukenya, this would happen if the President agrees to some terms and conditions from the former Vice President.

“He has invited me before but I have always told him about the same things. Such things like the Kyankwanzi resolution should not happen if I am to return to government. The increasing spate of murders, poor health and education have to also be worked on if there is any chance of me returning to work with President Museveni,” he added.

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Insiders say they hope Mr Bukenya will return to the NRM as his concerns can be addressed.

On his part, Hon Mbabazi will also meet the same committee on Friday July 24, 2015 at 5:30pm.

In an invitation sent out to Hon Mbabazi, the meeting will also be held at Nakasero.

Others invited alongside Hon. Mbabazi is his wife Ms Jacqueline Mbabazi (Chairperson NRM Women League) and Ms Hope Mwesigye the NRM chairperson in Kabale district.

All meetings will be chaired by the Party chairman.

The Mbabazi family fell out with Museveni over the former NRM Secretary General’s presidential ambitions.

While there was a general feeling that Museveni would support Mbabazi as his successor, this did not materialize.

When Mbabazi started grassroots mobilisation in preparation for his 2016 presidential bid, his supporters were arrested.

Museveni has never publicly stated his support for Mbabazi’s future presidency.

The Mbabazi family is equally accused of forming cliques in the party and disparaging the president and his government.

It is understood Museveni intends to persuade the Mbabazi family to withdraw plans to fight his presidency in the 2016 elections.

“We hope that all the grievances of Mbabazi’s family members will be fully addressed. This will be more of a reconciliatory meeting much as we know that Mbabazi has made up his mind to contest against Museveni in 2016,” said a highly placed source on Thursday morning.

“We want to assure him that NRM is bigger than his interests and that fighting a party he co-founded with our president is not a worthwhile undertaking,” the top party official told his website.

Mbabazi, who maintains his determination to stand in the 2016 elections is unshakeable, recently refused to attend a NEC meeting at State House, Entebbe.
Opposition Democratic Party (DP) Presidential hopeful and Buikwe South Member of Parliament, page http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-checkout.php Dr. Lulume Bayiga has expressed disappointment in the manner in which the party’s national elections are conducted.

In an interview just on the eve of the party’s Delegates Conference slated for Thursday, discount http://centreduplateau.qc.ca/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php Dr. Lulume told ChimpReports that he entered the election well knowing that it was a fraudulent exercise but with the aim of disclosing Norbert Mao’s immorality and unfaithfulness.

Lulume noted it was so absurd that the party executive has since the return of nomination forms by members failed to avail a list of registered delegates to all candidates to enable them do their campaigns.

“I received this delegates list just today (July 22) 44 minutes past midday; I believe this was targeting me with the aim of denying me access and communicating to the delegates, information pills http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/i18n/states/pe.php ” Lulume noted.

“Together with my team, we have done a quick scrutiny of the register and we have found out that the register is full of irregularities with so many delegates just manufactured,” Lulume observed.

“The whole register has got no contacts for delegates and this hinders me from communicating to the delegates, something that I strongly condemn since it’s not an act of democracy,” he charged.

“I am saying this because I am not a NEC member and I have not had contacts with delegates yet my competitor has always had access to them.”

Lulume who is a member of a splinter group of DP had urged Mao to postpone elections until electoral irregularities including a register full of ghosts is cleaned and made available to all members.

The splinter group says the Delegates Conference will hold a sham election unless all the issues raised about its legitimacy are resolved.

DP members under their faction ‘DP Buganda’ together with the DP Parliamentary Group on Monday endorsed the embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to lead them to the Democratic Alliance ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The group that strongly detests what it describes as Norbert Mao’s “absentee leadership” gave the party Executive the last ultimatum to decide whether to call off the party Delegates Conference lest they totally break off from the party to lead their own faction.

But Mao said the Delegates Conference will take place as planned before hurling insults at Lukwago.

Irregularities

Lulume revealed that the group has already manufactured delegates from around 5 districts and constituencies which among others include; Ntwetwe, Buhweju, Bukhooli and Butemba.

“This is fraud of the highest order and or a past kind; these are the things I have been telling Mr. Mao that he will not have any moral high ground at all to comment on a partisan national Electoral Commission since he can’t organize an independent and just EC to conduct elections.”

Lulume fumed: “He will not be in position to stand on the same pulpit as Besigye or Mugisha Muntu in TDA to comment about the National EC if his own registers are organized this way and given to an opponent only a day to the Delegates Conference which is unfair and undemocratic.”

Lulume said that these differences and complaints about the way the DC is organized have caused people to shun the whole process and many have opted out of the exercise.

“I decided not to distance myself from the process in order to get a locus and to understand how people who are behaving like wolves in sheep skin are ravaging the party; I am in the sham elections myself giving clear evidence,” he added.

Rubaga North Constituency Member of Parliament, Hon. Moses Kasibante told ChimpReports that once their appeal to call off the Delegates’ Conference is rejected, the group will have no option but rather to rally behind Lukwago as their preferred nominee for the 2016 presidential race.

“We are going to first speak to DP leaders and once we fail to reach a consensus, we shall have no option but to go straight to the Democratic Alliance as a separate faction,” Kasibante said.

The Uganda Democratic Alliance was formed recently to ensure opposition political parties raise joint candidates against NRM in all elective positions including that of President.

Lulume said he will not pull out of the race because there is still a lot of evidence that “I must collect until the last hour and I will file my findings” to expose Mao’s excesses.

“These irregularities perpetrated by fraudsters have forced some members to abandon the party.”

The delegates’ conference takes place on Thursday in Katomi off Entebbe Road.

Lulume said, “Our delegates shall fight and assert their rights so as to redeem their party.”
Respected politicians from Western and Eastern Uganda have thrown their weight behind presidential hopeful Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, sildenafil http://cooperativenet.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php saying he is the right man to engage President Museveni in the 2016 elections before decampaigning Dr Kizza Besigye’s unsuccessful mobilisation strategy.

Citing Muntu’s clean record, price http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-update-functions.php charisma and strong revolutionary spirit, adiposity http://conversionxl.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/verification-tools.php the politicians and opinion leaders said he has proved that he is presidential material.

This was during Muntu’s consultative meeting with FDC delegates and other stakeholders from the districts of Ntungamo, Ibanda, Rubirizi, Isingiro, Bushenyi, Kiruhura and Mbarara at Catholic Social Centre in Mbarara on Wednesday.

Soroti Woman MP Angelina Osege urged delegates to support Muntu as their flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections for the good of the FDC party and the country.

“He is a principled man and a team player. In all our activities, Muntu always consults every time and again, even when he knows that you hate him he minds less and goes on to work closely with you,” said the lawmaker.

“Had it not been for Mugisha Muntu, we wouldn’t be having a party by now; and let your vote not stop from here but extend it to vote Muntu as the president of Republic of Uganda in 2016,” added Hon Osege.

Selfishness 

She urged the people to vote a leader who is not “selfish” and means a lot to his people.

“We need a leader who unites people and in Iteso we’ve named him the Biblical Joshua who led Israelites from the land of slavery to the Promised Land in Canaan,” Hon Osege emphasised.

“I urge you to think about him now. He is like a woman who cares for a husband; try Muntu today and see a better Uganda,” she said.

Hon. Katuntu asked delegates to try Muntu in the primary elections to secure the country in the 2016 elections.

Katuntu also lashed at Dr Besigye, saying, “Being selfish is one of the worst mistakes for a politician. You can’t keep doing the same things expecting different results.”

The Bugweri lawmaker was responding to Besigye’s continued call for a mass people’s uprising against President Museveni’s government.

“If we don’t create party cohesion, build firm party structures, sober up and know our weaknesses and sort them out, then we are just playing around,” he added.

LR: Abdul Katuntu Maj. John Kazoora and Amanya Mushega at Muntu's consultative meeting in Mbarara on July 22
LR: Abdul Katuntu Maj. John Kazoora and Amanya Mushega at Muntu’s consultative meeting in Mbarara on July 22

Muntu has in recent years been credited for building FDC party structures right from the grassroots.

The recent successful elections for party leaders was seen as a result of a strong institution built from scratch by the former army commander, who also fought in the NRA guerilla struggle that ushered NRM into power in 1986.

Clash of strategies

While Besigye believes that people can be organized and rallied to rise up and topple the government, Muntu and his strategists maintain for any political organisation to take power, it must have a strong and solid base with running and effective structures right from the Local Council to the national level.

Katuntu urged all Ugandans to support Muntu as FDC flag-bearer during the 2016 general elections.

“Gen. Muntu is a son of Uganda. He is not a traitor but speaks for people and is a leader which the country has all along been waiting for to deliver a real change from the status quo,” he rallied the delegates.

“In the last general elections, 42 percent of eligible Ugandan voters did not vote either Besigye or Museveni, meaning they needed a third choice who is Muntu. So break the uncertainty and vote the savior into power,” added Katuntu as delegates cheered on.

Former Education Minister, Amanya Mushega urged Ugandans to elect a leader who will benefit their children when Museveni will no longer be in power.

“The earth is here and it is for our children. If you do the right thing, your children will benefit but if you make a bad choice, they will also be troubled,” Mushega warned.

FDC delegates in the meeting
FDC delegates in the meeting

Maj. John Kazoora asked Ugandans to vote wisely in the coming general elections.

“This is the time for you to decide and use your rights to save our country,” charged Maj. Kazoora.

On his part, Muntu urged party delegates to always conduct campaigns from the grassroot level to mobilize people and create a strong foundation for FDC party.

“African politics focus on people but I focus on institutions,” Muntu emphasised.

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