The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party losers of the 2011 elections have threatened to withdraw their support for President Yoweri Museveni and support former Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi.
The group accuses the Party Chairman, Museveni, of contravening democratic principles and party rules.
In November 2014, Mbabazi met all NRM members who stood and lost in the party’s past elections all over the country.
Losers of the 2010 primaries stayed dissatisfied especially after the party Chairman, Museveni, sweet-talked them into giving way for the announced flag-bearers.
Worse, even the 2011 general elections were marred with violent clashes, ballot stuffing and massive rigging yet Mbabazi was blamed for the for this in the infamous Seninde Report authored by Wakiso District Woman MP, Rosemary Nansubuga Seninde.
It also emerged in the meeting that NRM members were not happy with what happened as regards Mbabazi’s fall from the position of Prime Minister.
Representatives of the NRM Party Flag bearers led by their corrdinator, Ronald Tumwine, told NTV that they were sidestepped by the President in favour of independents and the opposition in 2011.
Tumwine says there was a lot of unfairness which is attributed the chairman Museveni.
“The chairman of the party has sidelined some members,” Tumwine pointed out, adding, “He is now in siding with independents.”
The losers believe that Museveni personally doesn’t believe in democracy the reason he has usurped all powers of party organs.
“He is now using the NRM Parliamentary caucus as the alpha and omega of whatever happens in the party,” Tumwine continued.
Saying he represents over 100 flag bearers, Tumwine threatened that they would rally behind Mbabazi if their issues were not given the due attention needed.
“We will not support chairman who is not following the constitution.”
Asked about the matter, NRM Deputy Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, told NTV that much as their role is recognised, they (losers) cannot hold the party at ransom.
“The party will not be intimidated,” Opondo stated.
“Being a member of NRM is more a voluntary service. You don’t become a member so that you can earn income or something from the party.”
He said the claimants have failed to demonstrate that they are popular, now wonder they failed to win in their constituencies.