President Yoweri Museveni yesterday met Nationals Resistance Movement Members of Parliament who have come to be known as Rebel MPs for their often divergent views from the party positions.
The MPs met the President Yesterday at State House in Entebbe.
After the meeting, Museveni revealed that he “made their case before the party’s Central Executive Committee which resolved that for the party’s cohesion and discipline, we interact further and guide these MPs.”
The Rebel MPs who met the president include among others, Theodore Sekikubo, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, Angeline Osege, Barnabas Tinkasiimire and Patrick Nsamba Oshabe.
These MPs made a stern resistance in 2017 against Constitutional Amendment to remove the Presidential Age Limit from the Constitution.
They have often been isolated from NRM caucus meetings.
President Museveni, angered by the MP’s behavior during the Age Limit debate, described them as parasites.
“Many of you who talk negatively have not contributed to the ideology of patriotism, to the liberation of the country, to the recovery of the economy and the country, to the consolidation of peace or to the great developments that we have achieved yet you benefit economically and otherwise. We call this parasitism and that parasitism will be resisted and defeated,” Museveni said in a statement.
However, during yesterday’s meeting, Museveni said the MPs sought the forgiveness from the ruling NRM party.
In turn, Museveni urged the MPs to avoid politics of tribe and identity.
“Our people are waking up. It explains why we have bumper production of milk, sugar, bananas, etc. Leaders must work for the prosperity of their people. That’s the most important thing,” he said
“To the MPs and indeed other leaders, my message is that you should be pre-occupied with the future and survival of the African race. That is what is critical, especially when we don’t have a strong nation like USA, China or India, as our anchor.”