President Yoweri Museveni has blamed the lack cohesion in the leadership of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) on cliques which have crept up in the last few years. Museveni warned the NRM leaders involved to restrain themselves immediately and make use of the forums in the party to air their views.
Museveni warned the NRM leaders involved to restrain themselves immediately and make use of the forums in the party to air their views.
Museveni made the remarks at the close of the first day of the NRM parliamentary caucus retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi. NRM members are on a weeklong annual retreat ostensibly to review the NRM Manifesto 2011 to 2016.
Museveni wondered why some NRM members had resorted to cliques to discuss party issues yet the NRM has platforms to discuss all issues that affect the party.
He said such members were dangerous and their goal was to distract the NRM from their main principals: Patriotism, Pan-Africanism, social economic transformation and democracy
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Museveni's comments excited some NRM members who started chanting, "Tell them," while clapping.
Before the President’s address, Prime Minister and NRM Secretary General Patrick Amama Mbabazi took the floor to address the caucus meeting and a few NRM MPs welcomed him chanting, “Our man, our man”.
After Mbabazi finished his address, he invited President Museveni to address the MPs and the members. Museveni equally received chants of support and some supporters broke into a praise song of the president's leadership abilities.
Prime Minister Mbabazi and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga have been reported in the media to harbour ambitions for the top most office in the country in the coming 2016 general elections.
Museveni accused some NRM members of careerism. He said some NRM political leaders do not look at leadership as a calling but as a career.
Museveni warned that in politics when leadership is approached as a career then it cannot be managed saying that leadership is a mission.
He also noted that without solving the issue of ideology a strong party cannot be built.
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