web http://celiac-disease.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/related-posts.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The powerful premier, this http://cheaplikesfollowers.com/wp-admin/includes/meta-boxes.php who is also the leader of government business in parliament and the Secretary General of NRM, was openly told off during a special NRM caucus meeting at Parliament during a discussion on presenting a tribute to fallen South African leader, Nelson Mandela.
A source who attended the meeting this week but asked not to be named revealed the Pallisa County MP, Jacob Richards Opolot stood and told the members that the caucus was being dragged into the Prime Minister’s personal conflicts.
“Members, debates like this mark a typical entering into an individual war of PM Mbabazi,” Opolot reportedly said to the shock of many.
Opolot further moved a step ahead and warned Mbabazi to desist from using the caucus and face his battle alone.
Sources say that at this point, the overwhelmed Premier immediately excused himself and stormed out of the meeting.
“PM (Mbabazi), you should stop using this caucus to institutionalize your fights and start battling them yourself. We should start discussing national matters,” Opolot added before the Premier could successfully disappear down the corridor.
When contacted on phone, the Prime Minister told Chimpreports that “it is not true that I’m using the party or members for my personal good as has been put forward”.
“I can assure you, I have never at any single point used my party nor its members for personal gain. And in fact, I have been a very loyal member of the party with much respect to the party since its inception,” Mbabazi clarified on phone.
The emergency NRM caucus of Thursday which members entered without knowing the agenda, discussed and resolved the way through which cabinet members led by Mbabazi could be given a special moment to mourn Mandela on the floor of parliament.
The matter had put the Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and the leader of government business Mbabazi on a collision course until the Premier agreed to drop his idea of moving a motion and settled for a ministerial statement.
The struggle between the Premier and the Speaker is not strange in the corridors of parliament.
Each camp also looks at the other as the only main challenger and a potential stumbling block in their dreams of achieving the highest political office in the land.