Mbabazi Stings NRM Leadership In CEC Letter

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With just a few hours left to the Central Executive committee meeting of the ruling party, National resistance movement, Presidential aspirant and former secretary general of the party Amama Mbabazi has drafted a letter stating his case to the top organ.

With just a few hours left to the Central Executive committee meeting of the ruling party, National Resistance Movement, presidential aspirant and former secretary general of the party Amama Mbabazi has drafted a letter stating his case to the top organ.
 
The letter , eight pages long, is a presentation that Amama Mbabazi is expected to make later this evening at the meeting of CEC that was summoned to discuss the internal divisions in the party.
 
In the letter Amama decries the use of state machinery to stifle his presidential bid and to arrest his supporters. He also writes that since his declaration to challenge Museveni for the party chairman and presidential positions was made, the party has acted beyond all reason.
 
Mbabazi challenges the interpretation of the Presidential Elections Act 2005 by the party saying that the party arm twisted the national Electoral Commission to participate in a partisan fashion in the NRM internal elections. He argues that there was no law barring him from expressing his aspirations and it was ‘nonsensical' of the party to try and do the same.
 
 "In light of this, it is nonsensical to claim my aspirations are illegal or that I as an aspirant for any position need the permission of my party which lacks in its own Constitution a basis upon which to bar my consultations, much less my aspirations" , reads the letter in part.
 
In the letter Mbabazi also notes that the police has discriminately been applying the national laws arrest his supporters and escort those of Museveni his challenger on their campaign trails. Mbabazi says the continued arrest of his supporters and members of his family is part of the police's misinterpretation of the law and its provisions.
 
In his parting shot, Mbabazi says the party has become ignorant of the laws of the country and become the law in its own self.
 
"In light of all this one comes to one of two conclusions. Either the leadership of NRM has become largely ignorant of the laws of the land, or the leadership has become a law onto itself having now decided to abandon the core values of NRM". He writes.
 
NRM spokesperson Ofwono Opondo told URN in a phone interview that a sub-committee had been arranged to listen to his concerns and that he should present them there not in the public fora.
 
The NRM CEC will sit this evening at State house Entebbe to discuss the growing discontent between the party chairman and Amama Mbabazi, an aspirant for the post. It is expected, after the meeting, that a harmonized resolution will be drawn on how the party proceeds to carry out its nominations and eventually its primary elections.  

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.