By Max Patrick Ocaido
Kyankwanzi: The NRM Parliamentary Caucus has unanimously supported the Chobe Resolution by the Party's Central Executive Committee (CEC) to have the National Party Chairman and President Yoweri Museveni contest again as a sole candidate in the 2021 election and beyond.
This was revealed by Roger Mulindwa, NRM Secretariat spokesperson in a statement following Sunday meeting in the ongoing 8day Kyankwanzi retreat. Mulindwa said that the NRM caucus has endorsed Museveni as NRM sole candidate for 2021 and even beyond.
In the statement, he said that the position by the NRM legislators was taken shortly after the presentation by the Party Secretary General Rt. Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba on the topic "Towards 2021: Milestones & Strategies for the NRM Party." During her address, SG Lumumba read out to members the Chobe resolutions.
Unlike in 2015, where Museveni's sole candidature was fronted by now State minister for Investment, Evelyn Anite, the 2021 sole candidate motion was presented by Hellen Asamo, MP representing PWDs in Eastern Region.
Asamo said Uganda needs President Museveni now more than ever before for his firm guidance and mentorship of the Party Membership. According to Mulindwa, Asamo's position was unanimously seconded before the Legislators took a break. The MPs are this afternoon expected to debate on CEC's proposal of lining up for the Party internal elections.
Before NRM CEC passed Museveni's 2021 sole candidature, NRM district chairpersons for Eastern and Karamoja regions had on January 25, 2019, held a private meeting at Resort Hotel in Mbale district that passed 13 resolutions that among them include returning President Museveni as the sole NRM Presidential candidate for 2021 elections.
The conference was attended by NRM district chairpersons of Eastern and Karamoja regions, and top NRM CEC members that included; NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, Vice-chairperson Eastern region, Capt Mike Mukula, the Vice-Chairperson Karamoja, Simon Peter Aleper and the chairperson Women League, Lydia Wanyoto.