NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba has said Kinkizi West MP James Kaberuka will face disciplinary action from her party for voting against the lifting of the age limit in 2017.
Ms Lumumba condemned Mr Kaberuka for voting against popular decisions of the NRM party, which he subscribes to.
“As the NRM party, we made wider consultations of all party structures from villages and agreed to support the lifting of the age limit, but when we went back to Parliament, MP Kaberuka voted against what we had agreed on, he displayed prohibitive behavior which against party constitution and will have to face disciplinary action,” she said.
Ms Lumumba made the remarks in Kanungu on Saturday while opening NRM offices in Kihihi Town Council. She later addressed NRM leaders at Mayor Gardens and at a rally at Kihihi High School playground.
She said the party will not allow individuals who want to ride on the popularity of the NRM party to satisfy own egos and selfish interests.
However, the leaders said Mr Kaberuka honestly presented their views. Mr Frank Byaruhanga, the NRM general secretary Kanungu district, said Mr Kaberuka did not do anything wrong because he implemented what the Speaker of Parliament requested them (MPs) to do-which was to consult, and in the process his constituents expressed their views over the matter when he gave in parliament.
“What crime did he commit for expressing honest views of his people as directed by the speaker? Subjecting MP Kaberuka to disciplinary action will be subjecting all the people of Kinkizi West to the same which will not be good for the party whose foundation is built of democracy. As leaders here we don’t support suppressing people’s views,” Mr Byaruhanga said.
When contacted, Mr Kaberuka said he will not yield to any kind of intimidation for ably representing views of his people.
“I have many yellow shirts but yellow does not speak for the people I represent; it does not convince parliament, I will not be stopped from representing honest views of my people because of yellow and intimidation,” Mr Kaberuka said.