State House has come out to distance itself from reports that it is organizing a special conference for National resistance Movement (NRM) youth leaders, raising fears of a sharply divided youth wing as the ruling party prepares for the 2016 general elections.
In a statement issued Thursday, State House denounced the purported conference, urging the public to refrain from embracing the alleged political activity.
“It has come to our notice that a group calling itself `Voice of Movement As State House Monitoring Team’ led by some people including Katamba Joy, Kassim Makumbi and Teefe are moving countrywide mobilizing youth groups to come and attend a seminar on July 31st, 2014 at Namboole claiming that it is being facilitated by State House under the theme, “Entrepreneurship promotion in organizations key in actualization of Uganda Vision 2040”, reads part of the statement.
“State House would like to disassociate itself from this group and strongly disowns all its actions. We are not aware of any such activity in our office and the public should beware.”
It should be remembered that the NRM Youth Delegates Conference that had been scheduled to take place on July 25 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
According to the publicist of the organising committee, during the recent four regional youth conferences chaired by President Museveni in Entebbe, Mbarara and Mbale, it had been agreed that the President convenes a national youth delegates’ conference on July 25 to discuss the progress of the resolutions made in the regional conferences.
However, this program was rescheduled because of the President’s heavy schedule.
“It is therefore very unfortunate that some people who are not members of this delegates conference, not even members of NRM for that matter are using different fora to feed the public with lies as well blackmail youth leaders and senior government officials,” said Abigaba.
He further stated that proper communication to the delegates has been made through their respective district party administrators.
The development underlines the widening cracks in the ruling party’s youth wing due to an internal power struggle between Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and President Museveni.
While Mbabazi maintains he will not stand in 2016 against Museveni, the President’s strategists believe the powerful Secretary General has exhibited all intentions to seek the highest political office in the land.
Several youth supporters of Mbabazi have been arrested for engaging in activities thought to be undermining the party chairman.