National Resistance Movement (NRM) has revised and postponed the election program for top party leaders of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) which was scheduled to take place this week.
The election for Party chairperson, First National Vice Chairperson, Second National Vice Chairperson (female) and other six vice chairpersons (regional) had been fixed for August 6 to 8 but with the new adjustments, this will happen from August 18 to 20 under the same agenda.
Rogers Mulindwa, the NRM Secretariat spokesperson revealed that the new changes followed the guidance from the party President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who advised them on a number of issues which require time to be implemented.
“At first we had thought that we can bring forth all the districts of Uganda so that we can have like 32 venues for elections but the President advised that it will be putting the whole country at risk of Covid-19,” said Mulindwa.
Mulindwa pointed out that they agreed to have 142 venues country wide which requires more time to prepare properly.
“The president will not be physically present in all these venues but he will communicate to them at the same time with the help of virtual technology,” he added.
He also noted that very soon they are going to kick off with covid-19 testing of all staff at the party’s upcountry offices as per the Secretary General’s directive.
“There is a proposal on the table in which delegates seek to have all of them tested for Covid-19 before participating in the conference. Once it’s confirmed, we shall proceed with its implementation country wide,” he said.
The current CEC members are Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the National chairperson, the first National Vice Chairperson, Hajji Moses Kigongo, and the second National Vice Chairperson (female) Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga.
Regional Chairpersons include Captain Mike Mukula for Eastern, Hon Sam Engola for Northern, Rtd Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza for Western, Godfrey Nyakana for Kampala, Hajji Abdul Nadduli for Central region and Simon Peter Aleper for Karamoja region.
All the above are in the race to maintain their seats.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic which spreads very fast in large gatherings where human contact is high, election of the leaders will be done in observance of the Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs).