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A highly placed source told URN, Lumumba held a closed door meeting with close to forty MPs at the Members Lounge at Parliament this afternoon and persuaded them to wait for the NRM Electoral Commission to handle their petitions.

Justine Lumumba, the NRM Secretary General has reportedly pleaded with incumbent Members of Parliament who lost in the primaries last month not to abandon the party.

A highly placed source told URN, Lumumba held a closed door meeting with close to forty MPs at the Members' Lounge at Parliament this afternoon and persuaded them to wait for the NRM Electoral Commission to handle their petitions.

The meeting that lasted for close to three hours was chaired by Stephen Bakka Mugabi, the incumbent Bukooli County North MP and his Kapelebyong County counterpart Peter Eriaku.

According to the source, the legislators are bitter over the failure by the NRM party Electoral Commission to handle primaries well. One of the legislators, who declined to speak on record, notes that the elections in her district were a sham. "I was robbed in broad daylight. How do you expect me to continue believing in a fraudulent system?" she lamented.

Another MP says even though most of them have petitioned the NRM Electoral Commission, the process has taken too long and unless they meet the President to discuss this matter, they could stand as Independents. The legislators revealed that they have been receiving calls from other political parties, including the Go Forward team, led by former Premier Amama Mbabazi to join their camps.

Some of the MPs who attended the meeting include Sylvia Namabidde (Mityana Woman), James Kakooza (Kabula), Amongin Aporu (Kumi), Harriet Ntabazi (Bundibugyo), James Mbahimba (Kasese Municipality) and Lowila Oketayot (Pader Woman). However, Lumumba is reported to have asked them not to make any rush decision, adding that she would seek an appointment with the party chairman so that they can air out their grievances.

Bakka told URN shortly after the meeting that a definite date has not been set yet but the MPs want to meet the President before nominations for parliamentary seats that are scheduled for December 2 and 3. "We want to meet the party chairman over what we see as a poorly organized election. We have already sought for the appointment through the Secretary General and just waiting for confirmation. That is all I can say," Bakka said in a phone interview.

At the end of the meeting, a nine-member committee chaired by Eriaku was set up to draft a document to be presented to Museveni over their issues.

 

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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.