Ruling NRM Party has nominated dropped Hon Amama Mbabazi back into the party’s top governing body Central Executive Committee [CEC] Chimpreports has learnt.
More details emerging from yesterday’s lengthy CEC meeting indicate that Mbabazi is likely to find his way back into the Committee having been dropped as SG, if he gets green light from NEC.
The same CEC adopted Party Constitutional Amendments and forwarded them to the December 15 National Delegates Conference, that saw the former Premier effectively booted as Secretary General.
At yesterday’s meeting which proceeded deep into Monday night, President Museveni nominated Government Chief Whip Mrs Justine Kasule Lumumba to replace Mbabazi as Party SG, pending approval by the Party’s National Executive Committee [NEC].
Lumumba is to be deputised by Minister without Portfolio Richard Twodong. Other officials picked were Information Minister Rose Namayanja as Party Treasurer, who will be deputised by Dr Kenneth Omona.
Makerere’s Dr Tanga Odoi is now the new NRM Electoral Commission boss.
An official privy to yesterday’s meeting at Statehouse in Entebbe, intimated to us that the dropped SG Mbabazi is unlikely to be entirely erased from the ruling party leadership.
Mbabazi was a CEC member by virtue of being the Party Secretary General, hence by losing the post at Namboole two a few days ago, automatically threw him out of the top organ.
President Museveni however nominated Mbabazi and four others back into CEC and these await approval by NEC on January 18 according to the official.
“There was a proposal to increase the number of CEC members by 5, and as a result Mbabazi’s name was brought up by the president, among others to this effect,” he said.
Others are Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Former Premier Kintu Musoke, and Dr Eric Adricko.
CEC is the second highest policy organ of the NRM after the National Delegates’ Conference [NDC].
NDC has a standing committee called the National Executive Council, which deals with policy matters on its behalf].
Unlike common suggestions that President Museveni intended to render his former right-hand man insignificant for his purported [Presidential] ambitions, it appears now he want him closer after all.