EXCLUSIVE: State House Warns Ssekikuubo, Baryomunsi Against Defection

capsule geneva; font-size: small;”>The threats come on the backdrop of reports that NRM MPs Chris Baryomunsi, Theodore Ssekikuubo and Wilfred Niwagaba had formed a “government in waiting as an alternative to President Yoweri Museveni’s failing leadership.”

“I don’t think there is any serious NRM legislator who can defect. Those who are switching to defections should know they can’t work because the President has four more years to rule,” Presidential spokesperson Tamale Mirundi told news desk on Wednesday.

“It’s only in the Parliamentary democracy where defections can force a President to resign. In this presidential democracy, these defectors will simply make a minority party. Voters will punish them,” said Mirundi.

He said “those who are talking about defections are trying to incite Ugandans” against the President after failing to use Parliament to impeach him.

“These are people trying to undermine the President. When you defect, you surrender the party card and lose your MP seat. No one can take such a risk.”

The NRM is still stuck with the hair-raising comments allegedly made by Ssekikuubo and Baryomunsi during the Good Shepherd Ntusi Catholic Parish golden jubilee celebrations on Sunday that they were compelled to form a provisional government due to chronic corruption in government and poor service delivery.

“We will definitely not condone grand acts of corruption; we will ensure proper service delivery rather than insisting and relying on simple politics of survival in political offices,” Niwagaba reportedly charged.


Ssekikuubo confirmed his group’s readiness to put in place an alternative to Museveni’s government.

“What is of fact is that we are taking steps to always be ready for challenge. When all things fail and government fails to properly discharge its duties and you see time passing, it’s a call for preparedness.”

The fiery legislator, well known for fighting political battles with Premier Amama Mbabazi and Sam Kutesa, said his group is putting in place mechanisms “to succeed a system suffering from general malaise.”

“Why must we wait for a system to fail? While the President has prerogative over the front bench, we too should proceed and step forward when need arises. Even the President knows that there are eight evils eating NRM,” said Ssekikuubo.

Pressed to specify which issues were compelling his group to instigate a breakaway faction, Ssekikuubo hinted on Mbabazi, whom he accused of refusing to relinquish the Secretary General (SG) post as he promised when appointed Prime Minister last year.

“We are lacking sincerity among our leaders. It’s better to have a Secretary General as head of secretariat to provide necessary leadership. What we are seeing is shifting of goal posts. Mbabazi is unprincipled and undisciplined,” he said.

“Who is carrying out policy evaluation at the NRM secretariat? We must have functioning systems and institutions. I hear people say because Museveni is the party chairman and President, Mbabazi can as well handle the two tasks. But he promised in front of the NRM caucus that he would surrender the seat.”

The development underlines the widening split in the party and raises fears NRM could be headed for a split between legislators loyal to Museveni and Mbabazi on one hand and others who are bent on seeing the Premier removed as SG.


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