Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Gen Kahinda Otafiire has warned that the future of the ruling NRM party is at stake over infighting.
Speaking at a party for NRM supporters in Kayunga District at the weekend, Gen Otafiire said while it is healthy to have disagreements among party members, failure to dissolve them may divide the party.
“Civilised people sit down and resolve their differences but I wonder why you, for example in Kayunga District, have failed to resolve your misunderstandings when you are all people from this area,” he said, adding: “People vote leaders who will solve their problems, thus, a leader who cannot diligently serve his people is no leader.”
The remarks by the Bush War member were in reference to the bitter row engulfing Kayunga NRM leaders, among them the district chairman Tom Sserwanga and Bbaale County MP George Kumama and Ms Aida Nantaba, the Woman MP.
The leaders accuse Ms Nantaba, who is the ICT state minister, of undermining them.
She did not even turn up at the function organized by Mr Moses Karangwa, the district NRM chairperson, despite being invited.
Mr Karangwa said that his efforts to reconcile with Nantaba had been ignored but said he would continue to work for the growth of the party.
President Museveni last year tried to reconcile Ms Nantaba and Mr Karangwa but the former snubbed the meeting.
The party was also attended by Mr Mike Mukula, Mr Sulaiman Madada , the former state minister disabled affairs and losers in the 2011 elections.
During the July 3, 2916 NRM MPs caucus meeting, President Museveni said the big fights with NRM and the indiscipline of MPs are eroding his efforts to get Uganda into the middle- income bracket.
“There is need for building cohesion in the NRM. It is time to work. You should stop conflicts and embark on building the country Uganda. The NRM executive should always consult before taking any decisions and if this is done, nothing will stop us from reaching the level of middle-income status,” he said.
So far the NRM secretariat is rocked by a bitter fight between the staff and the party secretary general Justine Kasule Lumumba.
The 2015 party primaries also brought to the fore many bitter rivalries. On a personal level, many NRM bigwigs don’t see eye-to-eye.
“People who fight within the NRM should stop. We need to unite. If we work hard together, we will be able to accomplish a lot of programmes within the NRM manifesto. Liaise with programme heads to ensure people get services,” Museveni reportedly told the NRM caucus meeting at the prime minister’s office behind Parliament.