NRM rejects Museveni son in-law Rwabwogo


Odrek Rwabwogo addresses people in Mbarara recently. PHOTO BY Colleb Mugume/ Daily Monitor

The ruling party’s top organ, Central Executive Committee [CEC], has rejected the nomination of President Yoweri Museveni’s son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo.

Before leaving for Japan last week, Museveni summoned his son in-law for a meeting at State House Entebbe.

Rwabwogo was summoned alongside another young blood, Hakim Lukenge, to question them on their determination to bundle historicals; Matayo Kyaligonza [vice chairperson western Uganda] and Moses Kigongo [national vice chairman] out of office.

The meeting would resolve the differences between Rwabwogo and Kyaligonza one hand and Lukenge and Kigongo on the other.

The meeting never took place as the president flew out of the country with the First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, for a state visit to Tokyo Japan.

In Museveni’s absence, Rwabwogo was busy campaigning in eastern and northern parts of the country.

He even quietly drove to parliament and held a closed-door meeting with at least 20 NRM party Members of Parliament.

The young man is alleged to have allies in Rosemary Namayanja Nsereko, the former minister for national guidance and now NRM national treasurer, Evelyn Anite, the Youth minister who initiated the sole candidature project and Even Richard Todwong, the minister in charge of political mobilisation and deputy secretary general of the NRM.

Most of the historicals including Abdu Nadduli [Luweero NRM boss] had questioned Museveni’s logic in letting a young “boy” take on a historical.

Museveni never said a word on the matter, perhaps because he knew Rwabwogo would not go beyond CEC.

On Friday, the second top organ rejected the First Son in-law without giving any explanation.

CEC said it was not obliged to explain itself as regards the rejection of Rwabwogo’s nomination.

Meanwhile, a source tells us Rwabwogo actually backed out of the race before CEC could even sit.

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