The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has set Tuesday next week for the vetting of contestants for the Central Executive Committee (CEC).
It was unanimously agreed on Friday at State House Entebbe by all the incumbents, who are all seeking reelection, that screening of candidates is crucial based on their commitments, loyalty and vision for the party.
“We have 42 contestants for the 9 positions and some names are being heard for the first time. It is therefore necessary that we do vetting,” said a source who attended the yesterday’s meeting.
The positions are currently held by President Yoweri Museveni, the national chairperson; Moses Kigongo, first national vice chairperson and Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga the second national vice chairperson. The regional vice chairpersons are; Capt Mike Mukula for eastern region, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Matayo Kyaligonza for western region, Sam Engola for northern region, Abdul Nadduli for central region, Godfrey Nyakana for Kampala region and Simon Peter Aleper for Karamoja region.
Only Museveni is unopposed but the rest are facing competition from some of the known names in the country’s politics and leadership.
Kigongo is being challenged by former Kampala Central MP Francis Babu, Hakeem Asiimwe Lukenge and little known Kefa Mufumu while Kadaga has three competitors including junior lands minister, Persis Namuganza, Jane Frances Amongin and Deborah Kyazike Kinobe. Namuganza disagreed with Kadaga during the election of Busoga Kyabazinga and her bid is not surprising to many.
Engola is also facing three competitors including the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, who is challenging him for the second time, Timothee Okee and Dr. Samuel Oledo.
Mukula is facing competition from former Tororo Municipality Member of Parliament, Sanjay Tana and John Robert Ekongot.
Nadduli is facing the junior Tourism, Wild Life and Antiquities minister, Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi and Moses Kalangwa Kalisa.
In Kampala, Nyakana is facing competition from businessman Salim Uhuru and former Rubaga North MP, Singh Katongole.
Meanwhile the Karamoja region vice chairpersonship attracted the candidature of Jimmy Lokoru Tebanyag who wants to unseat Aelper.
When contacted on phone, the NRM Secretariat Communications Manager, Rogers Mulindwa said the party is planning to formally address the media on Sunday on what transpired during CEC yesterday.