Kamuli NRM Reconciliation Meeting Flops

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A meeting convened to reconcile National Resistance Movement—NRM members in Kamuli district has hit a snag after factions blamed one another for the poor performance in the recent district local council by-elections.

 A meeting convened to reconcile National Resistance Movement—NRM members in Kamuli district has hit a snag after factions blamed one another for the poor performance in the recent district local council by-elections.

District Councilors, LC3 Chairpersons who supported Forum for Democratic Change –FDC candidate Proscovia Salaamu Musumba were barred from entering Kamuli Youth Centre for the meeting.

The reconciliation meeting was chaired by Capt Mike Mukula, NRM Vice chairman Eastern Uganda. At the gate of Youth Centre in Kamuli, NRM councilors resolved to work with Salaamu Musumba, despite threats by the NRM national chairperson, President Yoweri Museveni.

In the by-elections, Musumba polled 49,356 votes to defeat Thomas Kategere of NRM who garnered 21,239 votes.  On the last day of the campaigns, President Museveni held three rallies canvassing votes for the NRM candidate, but also threatened to sack all politicians who supported Musumba from the party.

At Kamuli Youth Centre on Thursday, 32 district councilors and LC3 NRM chairpersons from 13 sub counties of Kamuli resolved to back Musumba.

Robert Baganzi, one of the sub-county NRM chairpersons from Namwendwa said that President Museveni is killing the party by supporting independent candidates and leaving aside flag
bearers.

He cited an example of Bugabula South during the 2011 general elections, where President Museveni openly campaigned for Minister Asuman Kiyingi an independent candidate and left aside Moris Kibalya, the NRM flag bearer.
 
Baganzi revealed that power lies in the hands of the people so Musumba was voted by the majority of voters in Kamuli and he said she should not be disturbed in her term of office.

In President Museveni's speech read by Capt. Mike Mukula, he said he was shocked to hear that over 20 NRM councilors campaigned for FDC Musumba. He said that a bad comrade is better than a good enemy noting that voters should be taught multi party politics because they do not know it at all.

Realizing that the NRM councilors and LC3 chairpersons could not denounce support for Musumba, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, who attended the meeting, said that as NRM they conceded defeat to FDC and urged councilors to work with Musumba but not to empower her and give her total populace to spread FDC in the district.

But Musumba told URN that NRM is wasting time instead of asking its members to join her and develop the district. ###