KAMPALA: A section of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament commonly known as rebel MPs have blasted and asked the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the ruling party to immediately withdraw a resolution of endorsing President Yoweri Museveni as the party’s sole candidate for in the 2021 presidential elections.
The rebel MPs led by Theodore Ssekikubo ( Lwemiyaga) , told journalists in parliament on Thursday that the CEC resolutions was misguided, selfish and not backed by any law hence threatening to seek legal redress over the sole candidate resolution.
At the end of the five day retreat at Chobe resort Hotel in Nwoya district, the central Executive Committee of the ruling party National Resistance Movement resolved on a number of issues but not limited to the endorsement of President Yoweri Museveni as a sole candidate for their party in the 2021 general elections.
CEC also recommended that voters line up behind candidates in the NRM primaries due for next year.
The CEC resolutions are now being challenged in parliament by MPs Theodore Ssekikubo of Lwemiyaga, Patrick Nsamba, John Baptist Nambeshe, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, Dr Sam Lyomoki and Monica Amoding. The said the decision by CEC to install Museveni as a sole candidate for NRM was selfish, misguided and not backed by law and that it was not taken in good faith.
They said blocking capable people from contesting against Museveni in the party primaries is a sign of greed for power, an illegality and infringement on the party’s constitution.
The rebel MPs who attacked their colleagues in the party for turning a deaf ear as the party’s constitution is abrogated now want the Central Executive Committee to withdraw their resolution on the issue of sole candidate before they seek court redress on the matter. The rebel NRM legislators are also opposed to the method of lining behind candidates in the party primaries.
The proponents of Museveni’s sole candidature are in preparations to popularise it during the national delegates’ conference as well as take it to district councils.