NRM Members of Parliament who lost in the October primaries are currently mastering the workings of a pendulum bob, swinging from President Yoweri Museveni to Amama Mbabazi and back to Museveni camp.
100 losers denounce Museveni
Last week, Uganda Radio Network run a story saying at least 100 losers in the NRM party primaries in Greater Masaka region had formed an alliance to fight all NRM candidates including Yoweri Museveni.
The losers gave Museveni, the NRM party chairman a seven days ultimatum to address their grievances or else they start fighting him.
In a meeting at Maria Flo Hotel in Masaka municipality on Wednesday, the losers formed a pressure group code-named, “Aggrieved Robbed NRM aspirants”.
They appointed Benon Yiga, the loser of the Buyamba County NRM MP primaries as their Chairperson and Sansa Luwaga, the former contestant for the Bukoto Midwest NRM MP party ticket as their spokesperson.
60 threaten to join JPAM
The next day on Thursday, another batch of about 60 NRM MPs started talks with Amama Mbabazi’s Go-Forward political team.
The group led by West Budama South MP, Jacob Oboth-Oboth, met Mbabazi’s sister-in-law, Hope Mwesigye, at Parliament.
They expressed their dissatisfaction with the ruling party for the way it conducted primaries which saw them lose flags.
According to URN, Hope, flanked by Kitagwenda MP, Nuru Byamukama, sweet-talked the group into joining Mbabazi’s camp as independent candidates.
She reportedly promised them financial support in form of nomination fees and facilitation for campaigns.
Oboth later told press that they had resolved to run as independents come February 2016.
We called Hope Mwesigye for a comment but she never picked our repeated phone calls.
Group meets Mbabazi
On Friday, the group that met Hope reportedly went to Mbabazi’s Kololo home for another meeting.
A list of the names of MPs attending the meeting at Amama’s home was later leaked.
Prominent names among those who attended included; Nakato Kyabangi, the Woman MP for Gomba, MP Isaac Sejjoba, Bukoto Mid West, MP for Kassanda North, Godfrey Lubega, Patrick Mulindwa (Kasambya County), Kiwalabye Majegere (Bunya East), Ignatius Besisira, Peter Okeyo, Baker Ssali, Bakka Mugabi, Sulaiman Balyejusa, Huda Oleru, Jacob Wangolo, Mabel Bakeine, Agnes Nabirye, Achayo Christine, Fox Odoi, among others.
The discussion was fifty-fifty, according to insiders.
Museveni snatches them back
NRM, as these proceedings progressed, sniffed the news in the air and acted right away.
Museveni dispatched his sole candidate girl and state minister for Youth Affairs, Evelyn Anite, to arrange a meeting.
She met them at Parliament with the promise that Museveni would meet them and settle their grievances.
She extorted a promise from them to leave Go Forward immediately and return home.
State House meeting
Yesterday as promised, the MPs were summoned to State House Entebbe for a meeting with the president.
The meeting was converged with the help of Museveni’s political assistant, Molly Kamukama.
Kamukama did not pick our calls when contacted over the meeting.
In the meeting, Museveni appealed to the MPs not to leave their party although they lost primaries.
He told them if they were sure that people still believed and supported them, they were free to run as independents.
This is in contradiction with rules set by NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, before the elections.
Lumumba said any NRM member who loses primaries and stands as independent would be axed from the party immediately.
We are yet to see how she will handle this development initiated by her boss.