By Max Patrico Ocaido
President Yoweri Museveni will today chair the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party caucus at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
This will be the first meeting to be chaired by President Museveni, also the chairperson of the party caucus ever since NRM MPs unanimously agreed to support Igara West County MP Raphael Magyezi’s private member’s Bill to present his Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017 that intends to remove presidential age limits among other things.
According to the vice chairperson of the NRM caucus Solomon Silwany who is also MP for Bukooli County Central, the Mr Museveni will listen and guide the caucus on how to conduct their countrywide consultations for the Bill that has been forwarded to the parliamentary committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for scrutiny.
“The President will address the caucus that will be held at OPM and we are simply going to forge away on how to conduct consultation on the constitution amendment Bill,” Silwany this reporter.
Silwany told Kampala Post that the caucus also intends to address the issue of the ‘rebel’ NRM MPs who turned their back from the recent caucus resolution that had unanimously endorsed to support Magyezi’s Bill.
“Whereas it is their right to hold a divergent view, we believe that it is unfair for them to divert from the views of the majority that backed the Bill. But as their chairperson, I will listen to them and we shall see how to forge a way forward,” he said.
Meanwhile, the so called rebel NRM MPs who are opposed to the Bill have expressed reservations on attending today’s caucus meeting saying it is not for the goodwill of the country.
“Personally, I don’t see any need to attend that caucus but I will consult with other members before I make my mind on whether to attend or not,” Sam Lyomoki, Workers MP told Kampala Post last night.
Other ‘rebellious’ NRM MPs include; Monica Amoding, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, Barnabas Tinkasiimire, John Baptist Nambeshe, Theodore Sekikuubo.