NRM MPs Want Mugema Probed Over Nsereko Nomination Top story

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Usuk County MP, Peter Ogwang and Ajuri County MP, Denis Hamson Obua want him to explain his decision to nominate Independent Mohammed Nsereko for the position of Deputy Speaker of Parliament against the NRM candidate, Jacob Oulanyah.

Some Members of Parliament of the ruling NRM party want Iganga Municipality MP, Peter Mugema summoned by the party leadership.

Usuk County MP, Peter Ogwang and Ajuri County MP, Denis Hamson Obua want Mugema summoned to explain his decision to nominate Independent MP Mohammed Nsereko for the position of Deputy Speaker of Parliament against the NRM candidate, Jacob Oulanyah.

Mugema, who was the chairperson of Nsereko's campaign taskforce, fronted his candidate during the elections held today at Parliament.

Ogwang, who is the outgoing NRM caucus vice chairperson, says Mugema violated the party's caucus position, which endorsed Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah for the deputy speaker seat by supporting Nsereko.

He however says this is a test on whether the principle of multiparty democracy should be reviewed since parties are grappling with it.

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Obua says the party's disciplinary committee should invite Mugema to explain his decision, given that he attended all caucus meetings which endorsed a position on the two principles.
 
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Nsereko lost to Oulanyah in the Thursday polls, witnessed by President Yoweri Museveni. Oulanyah garnered 300 votes against Nsereko's 115 votes.

While addressing the House, President Museveni noted that going against the party decision is dangerous for democracy.

Nsereko however defends Mugema's decision, noting that the NRM party should intimidate the MP's decision

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But Godfrey Kiwanda, Mityana North MP, who steered Oulanyah's campaign, says the election was an outcome of collective responsibility within the NRM party.
 
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Abbas Agaba, Kitagwenda County MP, says the elections were a fair representation of the will of MPs.

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Official opening of Parliament is slated for May 31, when the State of the Nation Address will be made by the President. 

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.