Three National Resistance Movement (NRM) party youth leaders in the Rwenzori region have been expelled for meeting former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
The youths are executive members of the NRM Platform Rwenzori region, a group that brings together NRM youth supporters in the region.
The expelled leaders include Hidden Basiima, the Kabarole district youth councillor and vice chairperson of the group, Stella Kemigabo, also the district female youth councillor and treasurer of the group and Olivia Mutamba, female youth councillor Ntoroko district and chairperson of the group representing Ntoroko district.
Patrick Kamulindwa, the Chairperson NRM Platform Rwenzori region told Uganda Radio Network that since Mbabazi “is a rival to Museveni,” it was wrong for the leaders to visit Mbabazi without informing members of the group.
He adds that the actions of the leaders were against the objectives of the group which include soliciting votes for President Museveni in the 2016 elections.
In February, President Museveni presided over the inauguration of the group in Fort Portal which comprises 1,500 members from the seven districts in the region.
The group unanimously endorsed President Museveni as the sole presidential candidate for the ruling National Resistance Movement party in 2016. Museveni gave 200 million Shillings to the group to facilitate its activities.
NRM leader Kamulindwa also accuses the youth leaders of holding secret meeting with agents of Mbabazi in Fort Portal.
According to Kamulindwa, the trio refused to appear before the party disciplinary committee to defend themselves and hence members resolved to expel them from the group.
On Monday, youths under the ‘Mbabazi Western Brigade’ visited Mbabazi at his home in Kololo and presented gifts to Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline.
They also presented a certificate endorsing Mbabazi as their presidential candidate for next year’s general elections.
The trio were among them.
Gowan Yakubu, the Rwenzori region NRM party spokesperson labelled the expelled members traitors.
The trio however says they will not relinquish their position. They say that the decision to expel them was done without consulting other members of the group.
Kemigabo, however, admitted being part of the group that met Mbabazi, but refused to divulge details of the meeting.