NRM Youths Clash as Museveni, Mbabazi Power Struggle Spreads

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On Wednesday morning, Greater Masaka NRM Youths leader clashed in a news conference over the current standoff between President Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. Youth NRM leaders convened a news conference to weigh in on the resolutions by NRM Caucus endorsing incumbent president Yoweri Museveni as party candidate in 2016.

The power struggle between Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the NRM Chairman and Party Secretary General John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has spread to greater Masaka region causing sharp divisions in party structures.
 
On Wednesay morning, Greater Masaka NRM Youths leader clashed in a news conference over the current standoff between President Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. Youth NRM leaders convened a news conference to weigh in on the resolutions by NRM Caucus endorsing incumbent president Yoweri Museveni as party candidate in 2016.
 
The NRM Youths leaders are from the districts of Masaka, Rakai, Bukomansimbi, Sembabule, Kalungu and Kalangala. However in a twist of events, the joint news conference at Zebra Hotel in Masaka was a scene of disagreements, finger pointing and bickering between the six youth leaders from greater Masaka region.
 
Sembabule NRM Youths leaders led by David Kabanda, the Chairperson said all greater Masaka youth leaders fully support the Kyankwanzi resolution. Kabanda accused Mbabazi of sending a team of NRM leaders in the region to launch his campaign bid yet he signed in support of Museveni’s presidency.
 
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However, another group led by Dr. Livingstone Kayondo, the Bukomansimbi district NRM Youths leader has distanced itself from David Kabanda’s statement. Kayongo grabbed a microphone from Kabanda and denied supporting the resolutions.
 
Dr. Kayondo claims they feel Mbabazi was not fairly treated in Kyankwanzi and therefore they believe a democratic process must take place to allow all those who want to contest in the primaries.
 
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In another twist of events, some Masaka Youths leaders led by Luke Ssekamwa have also accused their leaders of convening the news conference without consulting majority of them. Ssekamwa claims that the Hotel Zebra news conference in which a section of youth leaders claimed to have endorsed Museveni as not true.
 
Peter Ssenkungu, the greater Masaka NRM Chairperson also said he was behind President Yoweri Museveni in the race for 2016.
 
This week, the power struggle between President Yoweri Museveni and Prime Minister Mbabazi reached climax after NRM leadere accused Mbabazi of using party structures to fight Museveni. Audio recordings were presented in Tuesday’s Caucus meeting and played before the members. In the recording, Mbabazi was reportedly pinned for mobilising supporters in different parts of the country to strategize for his presidency come 2016.
 
It is further said that President Museveni then told the Caucus that Jacqueline Mbabazi, the premiers’ wife and Hope Mwesigye, a former minister were key in causing intrigue among NRM members.
 
However, Mbabazi denied knowledge of the said recording and refuted ambitions of standing against long- time ally Yoweri Museveni. He told the meeting that his wife was mobilising youth in protest against the ‘Kyankwanzi-Ngoma Resolution’ that Museveni stand as the sole NRM candidate in the 2016 presidential elections.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.