Standby Force Sought for NRM Delegates Conference Top story

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NRM Deputy Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says the party is anticipating civil disobedience by NRM members currently split between President Yoweri Museveni, also party Chairman, and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, the Secretary General.

The National Resistance Movement party has asked for a standby force in addition to hundreds of uniformed policemen to man security at the Namboole Stadium during the delegate's conference slated for this weekend. 

The ruling party deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said the party requested for the services of the Standby force to provide a speedy response to all security concerns that may arise during the delegate's conference.

The National Executive Council (NEC) and the National Conference slated for December 14th and 15th respectively is expected to attract close to 12,000 delegates.

Ofwono says the party is anticipating civil disobedience by NRM members currently split between President Yoweri Museveni, also party Chairman, and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, the Secretary General.
 
President Museveni sacked Mbabazi, also a former close ally in September and later said, without explaining, that he sacked him for involvement in divisive activities.
 
He is now seen as a potential rival in 2016 election.  Mbabazi denies he plans to contest against Museveni.
 
Several supporters of the former premier have staged protests in recent months and openly stated they would challenge the delegate's conference.
 
Mbabazi, who is currently on leave, says he plans to attend the conference.
 
Ofwono today warned that disruptors will be dealt with accordingly. He was addressing a press conference at the NRM head office in Kampala.

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Police says it will deploy both uniformed and plain clothed officers , crime intelligence and traffic policemen in and around Namboole.
 
Meanwhile, all accredited delegates will be required to dress in the yellow t-shirts inscribed with the NRM logo and a picture of the NRM Chairperson Yoweri Museveni.

Early this week, the committee organizing the delegates' conference announced that participants would not be allowed to put on anything with pro-Mbabazi messages in order to protect the meeting from being hijacked by individual interests.

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.