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This Has Been a Tough Year-Lukwago

Ruling National Resistance Movement  has nominated embattled Hon Amama Mbabazi back into the party’s top governing body Central Executive Committee [CEC] Chimpreports has learnt.

More details emerging from yesterday’s lengthy CEC meeting indicate that Mbabazi is likely to find his way back into the Committee having been dropped as SG, approved if he gets green light from NEC.

The same CEC adopted Party Constitutional Amendments and forwarded them to the December 15 National Delegates Conference, dosage that saw the former Premier effectively booted as Secretary General.

At yesterday’s meeting which proceeded deep into Monday night, President Museveni nominated Government Chief Whip Mrs Justine Kasule Lumumba to replace Mbabazi as Party SG, pending approval by the Party’s National Executive Committee [NEC].

Lumumba is to be deputised by Minister without Portfolio Richard Twodong. Other officials picked were Information Minister Rose Namayanja as Party Treasurer, who will be deputised by Dr Kenneth Omona.

Makerere’s Dr Tanga Odoi is now the new NRM Electoral Commission boss.

An official privy to yesterday’s meeting at Statehouse in Entebbe, intimated to us that the dropped SG Mbabazi is unlikely to be entirely erased from the ruling party leadership.

Mbabazi was a CEC member by virtue of being the Party Secretary General, hence by losing the post at Namboole two a few days ago, automatically threw him out of the top organ.


President Museveni however nominated Mbabazi and four others back into CEC and these await approval by NEC on January 18 according to the official.

“There was a proposal to increase the number of CEC members by 5, and as a result Mbabazi’s name was brought up by the president, among others to this effect,” he said.

Others nominated were Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Former Premier Kintu Musoke, and Dr Eric Adricko.

CEC is the second highest policy organ of the NRM after the National Delegates’ Conference [NDC].

NDC has a standing committee called the National Executive Council, which deals with policy matters on its behalf].

Unlike common suggestions that President Museveni intended to render his former right-hand man insignificant for his purported [Presidential] ambitions, it appears now he want him closer after all.

Embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has revealed that the year 2014 that is only a few weeks to its end has not been easy on his side.

Addressing journalists in Kampala, adiposity Lukwago explained how the year has left him in ‘pieces’ after his forceful eviction from office which he termed as being unfortunate.

“My office has been under siege and inaccessible by the duly elected mayor which regrettable .It has been tough for me and the people of Kampala who have suffered a reign of terror, order ” Lukwago explained.

According to him, KCCA has contributed a lot to the suffering of people in Kampala which he said has retarded growth and development of the city into a modern one compared to other cities.

“Many people have been evicted from their places of work whereas their structures have been demolished by KCCA.” “In fact I am disappointed with the way the authority has handled funds in the city since my impeachment almost 13 months ago. Huge sums of money from the World Bank, African Development Bank and the Japanese government have been squandered yet there is nothing to show as accountability from the money,” Lukwago noted.

The embattled Lord Mayor further decried failure by government to sort the mess and crisis at KCCA in time which he said has undermined the transformation of Kampala into a modern city.

“There are supposed to be quarterly reports by KCCA but not even a single report can be shown. The authoritycouncilors no longer have anything to but resorted to peddling rumors around City Hall corridors but at the end of the month receive their salaries.”

Lukwago is however optimistic that negotiations to have him reinstalled back to his office spearheaded by the Speaker of Parliament would prove fruitful.

“I hope government embraces it. I am optimistic that parliament led by Kadaga, the Leader of Opposition and the Prime Minister will have reinstalled the Lord Mayor back to office before Parliament resumes in February and this should be honored,” Lukwago added.

The Lord Mayor’s woes started in November last year when he was controversially impeached by the KCCA councilors following a tribunal report that found him guilty of incompetence and abuse of office. Lukwago was however in March reinstated to his office by High Court Judge Lydia Mugambe but the decision was later overturned by the Court of Appeal led by Justice Steven Kavuma

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