The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] party has blocked six of its Members of Parliament from attending a retreat scheduled for 13th to 20th March 2019.
Six MPs including; Gaffa Mbwatekamwa (Kasambya County), Barnabas Tinkasimiire (Buyaga West), Monicah Amoding (Kumi Woman), Nambeshe John Baptist Manjiya County), Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County) and Patrick Nsamba Oshabe (Kassanda North) will not take part in the forthcoming 8-day party retreat in Kyankwanzi.
The party says they have been singled out for always opposing party positions and that they may cause mayhem at the retreat.
NRM caucus spokesperson, Margaret Muhanga, told press that the legislators have failed to stop the aggressiveness with which they have been handling issues of the party.
She said the legislators have been giving members a hard time.
“They come clad in red ballets [associated with People Power] yet they are NRM members,” Muhanga explained.
“We realised these people will never listen to us, we even hired counsellor to counsel them. You know they are 28 NRM MPs who voted against the scrapping off of the Presidential Age limit, but they will be joining us for the retreat.”
Solomon Silwany, Deputy Spokesperson NRM Caucus, said the legislators’ contribution to the caucus is voluntary.
The objectives of the Retreat include; to deepen Members knowledge and understanding of the NRM Ideology, Regional Integration and society and appraise Members on the country’s economic progress.
The retreat will review progress made under the National Development Plan (NDP) II and to contribute to the identification of priorities for the NDP III.
It will take stock of the achievements so far realized and challenges met in the implementation of the NRM Manifesto 2016-2021.
It will enable the NRM Parliamentary Caucus appreciate the need for Industrialization and job creation as a springboard for propelling Uganda’s economy to middle income status.
It will update Members on the performance of the NRM Caucus in Parliament and agree on the way forward and NRM activities.