By Max Patrick Ocaido
PARLIAMENT. NRM ‘rebel’ MPs have challenged the Party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) resolution that endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as their sole candidate for the 2021 elections.
While addressing the press on Thursday, the NRM rebel MPs led by Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Sekikubo said that the decision by CEC is selfish and falls short of the principles of democracy that the NRM party subscribes to.
The NRM CEC made the resolution to endorse President Museveni as a sole candidate in 2021 early this week while ending a retreat at Chobe safari lodge in Nwoya district.
This comes after NRM district Chairpersons for Eastern and Karamoja regions last month held a private meeting at Resort Hotel, Mbale where they passed 13 resolutions that among them include returning President Museveni as the sole NRM Presidential candidate for 2021 elections.
Sekikubo told the media that the resolution is “selfish and misguided” and is in violation of article 71 of the Constitution that mandates political parties to organize internal elections based on democratic principles.
Monicah Amoding, Kumi Woman MP said that she was disappointed with the NRM ruling party which is supposed to act as a role model to other political parties in strengthening democracy and good governance.
“We are a civilized and educated generation and yet we are not doing our part even within the NRM. So, we want the President to notice that this battle is not over and we are considering going to court with you and seek interpretation on this matter [sole candidate],” Amoding said.
Manjiya County MP John Baptist Nambeshe said the resolution was a demonstration of greed by CEC members which is supposed to champion democracy within the party.
“It is unfortunate for a mass party that has lasted for over 3 decades. You would expect now for it to have matured to allow competition of ideas and competition of candidates,” Nambeshe said.
Other NRM rebel MPs who attended the presser include; Gaffa Mbwatekamwa (Kasambya County), Sam Lyomoki (Workers MP) and Patrick Nsamba (Kassanda North).