On his return from South Africa this evening, President Yoweri Museveni, called a crisis meeting for the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) at State House Entebbe.
The Entebbe meeting followed the declaration made by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi that he will run for the 2016 presidency on the party ticket.
Sources tell us that the meeting focused on ways of nuetralising Amama and his group before they mar Museveni’s plans.
The plans of handling the Mbabazi question are not clear as sources refused to divulge the details of the meeting.
They however confirmed that Museveni looked concerned and was determined to follow the matter to the letter.
The National Executive Committee of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is also set to hold a meeting to discuss Mbabazi’s declaration.
Mbabazi announced his bid for the presidency on Monday morning with the promise to bring in new leadership, improve on the country’s governance, a system that he says has become weak and inefficient.
The NRM former secretary general says that he will first seek endorsement within the NRM party as its flag bearer, and later on in the whole country for president in the 2016 presidential elections.
Justine Lumumba, the NRM Secretary General, told URN on phone that Mbabazi’s declaration is not a surprise to the party but because he intends to first seek endorsement as party flag bearer, the National Executive committee will sit to discuss the way forward.
According to her, many supporters of the party knows President Yoweri Museveni is the sole candidate for the 2016 president elections but in the spirit of transparency, the matter has to be discussed as they have been getting divergent views across the country.
On whether Mbabazi is a registered member of NRM, Lumumba says this cannot be determined now because the party is in the process of fresh registration of members after the first register went missing.
In an interview with URN on Thursday last week, Mbabazi insisted that he was still a member of NRM party and the ongoing registration by the new office bearers is only an update of the old register.
Lumumba however urged him to first register for a new NRM membership card before they close the exercise.
She said registration in western Uganda was bound to close in three days and Amama would miss out if he was not registered.
She however noted that as a Ugandan, it was his constitutional right to show interest in the presidency.
Speaking separately to NTV, former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya, said Amama’s declaration was okay but had issues with the new opposition democratic alliance.
He said Amama who is yet to sign the document uniting opposition against Museveni, now has little chances of being elected the alliance’s presidential flag bearer.
Bukenya nonetheless acknowledged that they, in opposition, required Amama’s political experience if they were to topple Museveni.