Oscar John Kihika, the ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] Director Legal Services has written to the Secretary General Kasule Lumumba denouncing the move to block 30 MPs from the upcoming delegates conference.
“It has come to my notice via press reports that there is a proposal to block some 30 NRM Members of Parliament from attending the national conference which slated for January 25, 2020,” Kihika wrote in an internal memo dated January 15, 2020.
“As you are aware, the 30 NRM Members of Parliament were entitled to attend the upcoming national conference by virtue of article 11 (2) (i) of the NRM constitution which lists them as members of the national conference.”
He went on: “To the best of my knowledge, these MPs have thus far not been dismissed from the NRM. Given the above, I advise that the said MPs should be allowed to attend the national conference.”
Kihika said arrangements should therefore be made to ensure that they attend the conference just like the other members.
Lumumba, during the second meeting of the 3rd National Conference, said the NRM national chairman also President Museveni gave guidance that for those Members of Parliament “who did not move with the party when we were having Constitutional amendments will not be invited”.
“Therefore we don’t expect them to attend the national conference,” she noted, quickly adding, that unless they cleared by the party’s disciplinary committee.
The affected MPs include; Barnabas Tinkasimire (Buyaga West), Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County), Patrick Nsamba (Kassanda North MP), John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya County), Sam Lyomoki (Workers), Monica Amoding (Kumi Woman Member), Louis Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (Kasambya County MP), Sylvia Rwabogo (Kabarole district Woman MP), Silvia Akello (Woman MP, Otuke District), Maurice Henry Kibalya (Bugabula south MP), Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga (Mukono County South), and Felix Okot Ogong (Dokolo County MP).
Mbwatekamwa told NTV said they are being locked out because NRM intends to make President Museveni a sole candidate in 2021 elections which they intended to object to.