Ms Suzan Muhwezi, the wife of the Information minister, Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, spent last week in a smear campaign against presidential aspirant, Amama Mbabazi.
According to Daily Monitor, Suzan rallied NRM district women leaders from western Uganda to reject Amama Mbabazi’s presidential bid and support President Museveni as the party’s sole flag bearer in next year’s presidential elections.
According to the leading daily, Suzan was backed by the chairperson of Mbarara District NRM Women League, Ms Hope Tumwesigye, who led the group of NRM women leaders from 13 districts in the sub-region.
In the meeting dubbed “emergency meeting”, Tumwesigye said NRM Women League district chairpersons from western Uganda support the February 2014 resolution by the party caucus at Kyankwanzi making Museveni a sole candidate.
“It’s the NRM delegates who give you the card to stand as the party flag bearer and in Kyankwanzi, the NRM Caucus resolved that President Museveni stands unopposed. Mbabazi’s work is purely cut out. We should all adhere to the party line and keep law and order,” she said.
Suzan, who is the NRM National Women League vice chairperson for western region, presided over the meeting and told women that “Naturally women are kind and givers but we have also proved that we can defend democratic values and successfully continue to struggle for the equal rights”.
“Therefore,” she added, “it’s our responsibility as Ugandan women to vote for those who will empower women and sustain the peace that we and our children need to thrive”.
While appearing on Capital Gang last week, Jim Muhwezi said they would not allow Mbabazi to cause chaos in the country and that he had to use peaceful means to seek democracy.
Monitor quotes the Ntungamo District NRM women chairperson, Ms Peace Musiime, saying when there is instability, it is the women and children who suffer most.
“Don’t be bribed or intimidated. Mbabazi cannot even go past the primaries.”
Suzan concluded the meeting with the message: “The country needs our conscience now more than ever. Our vote as women is very expensive. It doesn’t go for any sum of money.”