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Mbabazi Family Sets Tone for Caucus Meeting

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They include reports that the Secretary General’s powers had been reduced by the appointment of youthful Minister Richard Todwong as head of mobilisation.


Museveni is also expected to speak out on the idea that Mbabazi alongside his wife Jacqueline and former Minister Hope Mwesigye must face the disciplinary committee for undermining party structures.


In a carefully organised plan to shape public opinion in their favour and also portray their family as being unfairly targeted, the Mbabazis spent the better part of the weekend giving media interviews to selected outlets.


Mwesigye took to Kabale where she addressed a press conference on Saturday before appearing on two radio stations – Hope Radio and Voice of Kigezi.


Mwesigye is Mbabazi’s sister-in-law and leader of the Premier’s underground mobilisers.


She consistently blasted Museveni for “presenting himself as the sole candidate in 2016 which is unlawful and will disintegrate the party.”


A visibly angry Mwesigye said the ruling NRM caucus’ resolution in Kyankwanzi to front Museveni for 2016 was “beyond their powers.”


“The NRM Parliamentary caucus’ so-called resolution to consider ‘Mr. Museveni’ as the sole candidate was unlawful because their mandate was to consider what is before Parliament which they did not do.”


She explained that the Article 35 of the NRM Constitution stipulates that the NRM Parliamentary caucus shall consist of NRM members of Parliament and the functions of the caucus is to consider and adopt a common position on any parliamentary business before the matter is tabled before the house.


“Thus their only sole function is to consider and adopt a common position before Parliament discussion on Bills,” charged Mwesigye.


On Mbabazi contesting for presidency in the 2016 general elections, Mwesigye observed: “Contesting is a personal matter and if he wants to contest he will contest for the presidency and people will decide and should not be blocked by anyone.”


In Kampala, Mbabazi gave interviews to NTV and Daily Monitor where he warned youthful NRM members against disrespecting elderly party leaders.


Mbabazi further said he reserves the right to stand for President but has no intentions of challenging President Museveni in 2016.


He also defended his wife for mobilising supporters after she felt that her husband was being harassed.


Fascism


However, today’s discussion is likely to revolve around Jacqueline’s press statement in which she described latest developments in NRM as “fascist.”


“I would like to say though of the NRM Kyankwanzi retreat and these last two NRM parliamentary caucus meetings that they have exposed fascist tendencies within the NRM party,” charged Jacqueline.


“What is obvious is that Hon Mbabazi is a target of orchestrated cliques and groups. Whereas they make an effort to make it appear like a spontaneous attack, it is blatantly obvious that it is not. I would therefore like to state quite clearly, that I will continue to defend Mbabazi, especially when I feel he is being unfairly targeted.”


This is the first time Jacqueline was openly criticising the party.


She further divulged all the details of her meeting with Museveni at State House; Nakasero.


Jacqueline said she was convinced that Museveni wanted to push Mbabazi from the position of Secretary General.


“… he (Museveni) openly opposed the idea of my husband holding the Secretary General seat. My position has been that we should not be selective and single out Hon. Amama Mbabazi as the only one to relinquish his position as Secretary General,” charged Jacqueline.


“Why him when other members of the Central Executive Committee are holding two or more posts? President Museveni assured me that he had intended to retain Mbabazi in the CEC, in one way or other. In my view, to add a Prime Minister to the Central Executive Committee required a constitutional amendment which was never proposed. I took his view then as an effort to push an elected Secretary General out of the leadership of the Party.”


Insiders say several MPs are today expected to speak out more candidly in defence of Mbabazi.


President Museveni has consistently warned party leaders against formation of cliques which could lead to the destruction of the party.

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