For the second time, former vice president, Prof Gilbert Baalibaseka Bukenya, has refused to attend a meeting of NRM officials and instead went for the opposition Democratic Party delegates’ conference.
Yesterday, Bukenya and former Premier, Amama Mbabazi, Jacqueline Mbabazi, the chairperson of the NRM Women League and her sister Hope Mwesigye, were expected at State House Nakasero to meet a committee instituted by NRM’s most exclusive organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC).
Bukenya who is the Busiro North MP and NRM chairman for Wakiso district, snubbed the meeting saying he could not be summoned by a mere team set up by CEC.
“The only person who can discipline me is my mother [Francesca Nabulo] who is now dead,” he is quoted by The Observer telling journalists at parliament.
Bukenya revealed that he learnt of the meeting on July 17 from Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, who telephoned him to inform him of an appointment being fixed for him to meet the president.
Bukenya later received a phone call from an unnamed person informing him of an urgent letter inviting him to a disciplinary meeting.
“I said eh! Someone wants to discipline me [politically] when they had asked me to go there for a conversation?”
He added: “I cannot be summoned by these young men and women at the secretariat.”
Bukenya is only ready to attend a private meeting with Museveni himself not the “young ones” or even Rugunda.
Attends DP delegates conference
Bukenya Firday together with Free Uganda chairman, David Sejusa (formerly known as Tinyefuza), showed up for the DP delegates conference.
Bukenya and Sejusa say they have been invited over under the Democratic Alliance, which DP is part of.
Kingdom Resort Hotel, where the conference is being held, also belongs to Bukenya.
Over 1000 Democratic Party delegates have reported at Katomi Kingdom Resort, Entebbe for the party’s three day conference.
During the conference, delegates will vote on the party president, regional vice chairpersons and secretary general.
The delegates also hope to resolve internal party wrangles that are threatening to tear it apart.