Northern Region Youth Endorse Museveni to Rule ‘Pakalast’


what is ed geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>This was revealed by Northern Uganda Youth Member of Parliament, thumb Hon. Evelyn Anite in a Wednesday press briefing at Parliament.

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She said the youths unanimously made the decision on May 21 during a meeting with the president, who is also the chairman of the party, at State House Entebbe.

Anite emphasised that the Northern region chose to throw its weight behind Museveni for defeating LRA leader, Joseph Kony and restoring peace and prosperity after two decades of war.

“Youths from Lango, Karamoja, Acholi, and the entire West Nile gave our chairman a blank cheque of sole candidacy to 2021 and pakalast (forever). They were all happy that nobody managed to end the war in the North for over 20 years but His Excellency Yoweri Museveni finally brought it to a permanent end,” said Anite.

The remarks are likely to ignite the succession debate in Uganda.

Hon Anite with Museveni at a rally in Northern Uganda recently

The opposition has on several occasions alleged that Museveni has no succession plan.

Recently, the NRM caucus resolved to front Museveni as the party’s flag-bearer for the 2016 polls. The motion was moved by Anite.

This, officials revealed, was aimed at nipping in the bud Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s alleged presidential bid. Mbabazi maintains he will not stand against Museveni in 2016 but quickly adds that harbouring presidential ambitions is not a crime.

The Kyankwanzi resolution touched off a political firestorm, with the opposition and civil society saying it had set a bad precedent in Uganda’s budding democracy.

NRM said the resolution would foster unity ahead of the 2016 elections.

At the same press conference today, Anite also stressed that the Northern region’s resolution “was a NRM in-house activity which does not bar any other party from fronting a candidate against president Museveni in 2016.”


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