Members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Central Executive Committee(CEC) have petitioned their chairperson who is also the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to summon them for a meeting to discuss a number of issues which are putting their party in a bad light.
Paminda Singh Katongole, who represents Kampala in CEC confirmed the development and explained that because CEC has spent a long time without sitting, it has affected some party activities.
“We are suppossed to sit every three months but it has taken more than that period and we want our boss to summon us and it is a reason why we have petitioned him,” Singh said.
When we asked him which pressing issue they want to tell the party boss which cannot wait until he gets time to summon them, he insisted that there are many issues which they need to discuss.
However, other sources in CEC revealed that the members want to get Museveni’s view on early campaigns which even involve top party leadership.
“We don’t know whether he is the one behind those people who are campaigning for his son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba to stand for presidency in 2026. They are disorganising our party plans and are like above anybody, so we want the chairperson to guide us,” another source said.
Source added that putting the Muhoozi project aside, there are also those who are campaigning for president Museveni to stand for 2026, that is why they want something to be done to avoid bloodshed when both sides clash and fight over who to support.
Sources added that some CEC members are very bitter with their national vice chairperson Al-Hajji Moses Kigongo who led the violation of the orders issued by party Secretary General, Richard Todwong stopping early campaigns.
They allege that Kigongo drove to Kyambogo at the offices of the NRM chairperson and signed the petition supporting Museveni to stand for presidency in 2026.
He explained that Kigongo’s actions were diverting the party leadership from concentrating on fulfilling the promises of the 2021 party manifesto. He added that endorsing early campaigns is a bad thing for the party.
Another source said that CEC members want Museveni to give them a conclusive solution to the Gen. Muhoozi for president question and stop him from discussing partisan politics and international relations when he is still a serving military officer .
However, it should be remembered that Gen. Muhoozi warned that no one will stop him from expressing his ideas and thoughts on social media because he is a mature person.
He made the statement after Museveni told Kenyas KTN TV that Muhoozi was not going to comment on partisan and international relations on social media.
The promise resulted from Muhoozi’s deadly tweet threatening to capture Kenyan capital Nairobi within two weeks, a statement Kenyans took very serious.
When contacted, Balaam Bagaruhare, the vice chairperson of Muhoozi project insisted that their campaign is to make sure that Muhoozi replaces his father when he feels that he is tired but they cannot fight him.
Recently, Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi, who is a member of CEC told theGrapevine that they don’t have any problem with Muhoozi since he is not a member of the NRM and cannot stand for presidency while still serving as a military officer.
He added that Kigongo didn’t commit any crime by signing petition in support of Museveni to stand for presidency since he is above the Secretary General’s orders.
By Sengooba Alirabaki