Former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, Friday accepted and met the NRM party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni with his Central Executive Committee (CEC) team.
The meeting between the two NRM trunks vying for the positions of party chairman and presidential flag bearer comes after Mbabazi was denied nomination forms at the headquarters in Kyadondo until he pays Shs 20m nomination fees.
Mbabazi wrote to Museveni protesting the nomination rules and seeking that the matter be addressed so he can proceed with his programmes.
In a subsequent CEC meeting, members suggested that Mbabazi, Jacqueline and former Vice President, Prof Gilbert Bukenya be expelled from the part henceforth.
To the contrary, NRM first vice chairperson, Moses Kigongo, suggested that a committee be formed to meet Mbabazi and Bukenya and dialogue with them first.
The team led by the president who chaired the meeting, includes; Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, CEC members Maj. Gen Matayo Kyaligonza, Mike Mukula and Abdul Nadduli.
It was supposed to meet Bukenya yesterday but the mahogany refused to “be summoned by young girls and boys” at the NRM secretariat.
Mbabazi meets Museveni
Mbabazi, on the other hand, travelled to State House Nakasero today evening and met the reconciliatory team.
His wife, Jacqueline Mbabazi, the chairperson NRM Women League and her sister, Hope Mwesigye, also former Agriculture minister, refused to attend the meeting.
The meeting, according to sources, began sometime around 5:00pm; NTV says it started at 5:30pm.
In the stormy meeting, Mbabazi reportedly asked Museveni why he was arresting and harassing his supporters.
He cited a case of his supporter, Vincent Kaggwa, who was arrested illegally by police and never charged or tried in courts of law.
“He (Kaggwa) was tortured and jailed for two days without a case and they kept asking him ‘why do you support Mbabazi’.”
“That is the only question they kept asking him: ‘why do you support Mbabazi’,” the charged Amama narrated.
As far as NRM rules are concerned, Mbabazi made it clear in the meeting that he was entitled to knowing what the rules and regulations say.
When he appeared at Kyadondo, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman, Tanga Odoi, refused to allow him read through the rules.
He also demanded to know why he was being stopped from consulting the electorate as the constitution states.
Amama further inquired from the party chairman why exactly he was being stopped from running as NRM chairman and president in 2016 general elections.
“Why is it difficult for the party to allow me stand?” he inquired.
He demanded that the violence against him and his supporters ought to stop immediately.
He also asked the president not to sabotage him again during his presidential campaigns.
We are yet to know what Museveni said in reply but the source says the meeting ended prematurely and no resolution was reached.
It is predicted that the committee will now recommend both Bukenya and Mbabazi to the NRM disciplinary committee.
The biggest anticipation in the disciplinary committee is possible expulsion from the NRM party altogether.
All we can do is wait and see the direction the wind blows in.