SUCESSION BATTLE: M7 Cracks Down On NRM Dissenters
President Yoweri Museveni has taken drastic steps in combating the growing levels of disruptive behavior in the ruling NRM party by reinforcing the party’s disciplinary a committee to crack down on party ‘rebel’ MPs.
The NRM Caucus spokesperson Evelyn Anite says the party’s National executive Committee has endorsed three members to discipline members who are unsettling internal cohesion.
Chaired by Moses Kigongo, the committee’s new members are MP Mike Sebalu, Minister Beatrice Wabudeya and MP Lilian Abalo.
The names were proposed by Museveni during the opening of the NEC meeting at State House, Entebbe on Tuesday.
The move to beef up the disciplinary committee comes at a time when MPs have stepped up efforts of mobilizing signatures to support a bill being prepared by western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga to restore presidential term limits.
Should the bill receive two thirds of majority in Parliament, Museveni would be restrained from standing for the fifth term as President.
Museveni on Tuesday sternly warned rebel NRM legislators of serious disciplinary action if they don’t drop support for a bill seeking restoration of Presidential term limits.
Museveni said those causing commotion in Parliament were seeking cheap popularity.
“This shows the confusion of ideological bankruptcy, you get a number of court petitions against NRM candidates by NRM people. Suppose we are playing football and one of our teammates catches the ball in his hands but the referee doesn’t see him, should I be the one to shout to the linesman? That is what I call ideological bankruptcy,” Museveni blasted the MPs.
“There is no way you can fight people on your side if you’re ideologically clear. Even the people who are on the other side, I have told you before; after we disagreed with the Tanzanians, after we went to the bush and the Tanzanian army was here. I told my people not to attack Tanzania because they are not our enemies at all; it’s just a confusion that will be solved,” a furious Museveni assured the audience.
“Some of my people wanted to denounce Mwalimu Nyerere and I said no: no one should say anything public against Mwalimu because he is our strongest ally.”
Museveni has been in office since 1986 when he captured power after a 5-year guerilla war.
While appearing on CNN last week, Museveni only NRM would remove him from power.
“When we went to the bush, we had many in other parties like Naduli, but we brought them in and took them on our side. I had also been associated with UPM but I quarreled with them and a man called Kanonya who tried to say that UPM should be more important than the other parties. I said no, and he later deserted; NRM doesn’t believe in clique formation,” he charged.
“If you see anybody fighting people that are ideologically on our side that person is ideologically and tactically mistaken. Even if a comrade makes a mistake, he/she should be handled in such a manner as to cause reform rather than kill the good side of that comrade,” Museveni lectured his party leaders.
He also referred to Kintu Musoke who once said a bad comrade is better than a good enemy.
“The people who fought the war in Luweero; many of them were drunkards but wake him in his drunken state and give him a machine gun, you will see what he will do,” said Museveni, adding, “on the other side you have behaved people but they are cowards; what do you do now? So, using the positive side of our people and suppressing their negative side was our method of building up strength.”
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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