NRM can afford to lose 40 MPs, says Otafiire



Unlike the Opposition, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) can afford to lose as many as more than 40 legislators from parliament in through the ongoing election petitions, justice and constitutional affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire has said.

“Unlike Democratic Party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) which have very few legislators in the 10th Parliament, NRM can afford to lose as many as more than 40 MPs and still remain strong because we are the majority in the House,” said Otafire who lost the Ruhinda constituency seat in the February 2016 elections.

Gen Otafiire, who has served as Member of Parliament since 1996, lost the bid to become NRM flag bearer for Ruhinda constituency to (Rtd) Capt Donozio Kahonda.

He was later nominated as an independent after failed attempts to block his rival’s bid.

However, Otafiire still lost the constituency.

But in a televised interview on NBS’ Barometer Wednesday night, Otafiire said he was grateful that he did not return to parliament as an MP.

“Failing to return to parliament is a relief to me because I had turned into a marriage counsellor of sort. Everyone with problems in my constituency would run to me for help,” said a giggling Otafiire.

NRM’s 288 of the 400 direct and women seats translate into 72 per cent, which is above the 66 per cent – the magical two-thirds majority, which is required for passing major decisions in the house.

However, courts of law across the country have thrown out about 10 newly elected MPs following election petitions filed by their rivals in the recently concluded elections.

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