MPs face Museveni wrath for voting Nsereko


Museveni administers oath to Oulanyah

Members of Parliament of the ruling NRM party are pushing for the summoning and disciplining of Iganga Municipality MP, Peter Mugema.

Usuk County MP, Peter Ogwang and Ajuri County MP, Denis Hamson Obua are behind the plot.

The duo wants Mugema summoned by the party leadership to explain his decision to nominate Independent MP Mohammed Nsereko for the position of Deputy Speaker of Parliament against the NRM candidate, Jacob Oulanyah.

Mugema, who was the chairperson of Nsereko’s campaign taskforce, fronted his candidate during the elections held at Parliament on Thursday.

Ogwang, who is the outgoing NRM caucus vice chairperson, told URN Mugema violated the party’s caucus position, which endorsed Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Jacob Oulanyah for the deputy speaker seat by supporting Nsereko.

He, however, says this is a test on whether the principle of multiparty democracy should be reviewed since parties are grappling with it.

Now a number of MPs from the ruling NRM party are calling for disciplinary action against their colleagues who voted for Nsereko.

The call follows a recent caucus meeting chaired by President Museveni in which the MPs resolved to vote for the incumbent deputy speaker.

Oulanyah won the election with 300 votes against Nsereko’s 115 votes.

According to The Observer, Museveni is now demanding for an explanation from his party leaders in Parliament as why Nsereko performed very well against Oulanyah.

The paper says Nsereko-supporting MPs jumped for joy when his vote tally was read, something that shocked the president.

NRM has 302 MPs backed by 59 independents in the house and as such, Museveni didn’t expect Nsereko to get even 50 votes.

The newspaper quotes video footage of the voting exercise which shows that some of the 300 votes that Oulanyah got were not from NRM and NRM-leaning independents.

The review of the footage suggests that apart from one, all the UPC MPs voted for Museveni’s choice as did a DP MP from Buganda and an FDC MP who holds a senior leadership position in the party.

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