If it was theatre, Mabirizi w’d be president-minister tells FDC

Nyombi Thembo, state minister

Nyombi Thembo, state minister

The ruling party is having a field day while the main opposition political party Forum for Democratic Change splits and disintegrates over the choice of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

By Tuesday, FDC party president Mugisha Muntu had not yet named a new a Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) following a failure to reach consensus by the top organs.

Currently, FDC officials are divided in two camps; those against the idea of LoP argue that the party won 2016 elections and should not be branded “opposition” anymore.

Those who are supporting a shadow cabinet think it’s time to accept defeat and move on.

NRM mobiliser Hon. Nyombi Thembo says FDC failing to name a Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) will not stop government activities.

“They need to move on already,” he said Wednesday while appearing on NBS TV.

Nyombi who is also the State Minister for Information Technology said FDC claiming they won are mere theatrics.

“If it was up to us to declare ourselves, Mabirizi [Joseph, a former presidential candidate] would be president.”

On the demand for an independent audit of the elections, Nyombi said this was a waste of time.

“Forget about the audit of the elections. It will never happen,” Nyombi told FDC.

NRM parliament?

Nyombi says he expects the ‪‎10th Parliament to deliver with or without opposition.

“Let’s remember that political parties always influence the MPs. I don’t know what the opposition expected.”

He said for example, Jacob Oulanyah, the NRM’s candidate had a comfortable majority and was bound to win as deputy speaker.

Asked whether the president was enticing his legislators with small handouts, Nyombi said the Shs5m given to MPs was no bribe.

“That has been explained. The NRM MPs wanted some facilitation for their swearing in.”

He said NRM MPs asked for the Shs5m and the chairman was kind enough and gave them the money.

“That doesn’t make them beggars. Mr Museveni is the highest officer of the NRM party. All other party officials are under him.”

He warned young cadres who might be fleeced by some people saying president Museveni doesn’t appoint anyone through agents.

On the pending Cabinet list, Nyombi said President Museveni’s Cabinets have always reflected social realities like the regions, tribes and religions.

“He praised the current Cabinet; said we pushed Uganda to the brink of middle-income status.”

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