Kiwanuka said that NRM MPs had resolved not to front any candidate and committed to stand by the new leadership and Caucus positions. However, the Butambala County MP, Muwanga Kivumbi said that NRM members were only scared of the tyranny of numbers from NUP.
the ruling National Resistance Movement –NRM party declined to participate in
the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus elections on Wednesday citing inadequate
planning. Only 9 of the 46 NRM MPs from
the Central region led by Kiboga East MP, Keffa Kiwanuka showed up ahead of the
election and accused their colleagues from the National Unity Platform-NUP
party, the biggest opposition party in parliament for ring-fencing top caucus
positions for its members.
Fifty-five (55) of the 57 NUP legislators in parliament
are from the Central region.
NUP legislators endorsed the Butambala County MP, Muwanga Kivumbi as their
candidate for the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus Chairperson’s seat. They also endorsed
the Busujju County MP, David Kalwanga for the position of caucus treasurer,
Ntenjeru South MP (Independent), Patrick Nsanja Secretary, Mityana Woman MP,
Joyce Bagala, Publicity Secretary and Bukomansimbi North MP, Dr. Christine
Ndiwalana, External Affairs Secretary.
left only 5 positions for NRM, the Forum for Democratic Change –FDC and
Democratic Party –DP legislators. As members from
different political parties converged on Wednesday to vote the Caucus
leadership in the conference hall of parliament, NRM Members were no show. They, however, walked in shortly after the exercise chaired by Busiro East MP, Medard
Lubega Sseggona kicked off. The caucus constitution mandates Legal Advisors to
preside over the voting exercise, which saw Yusuf Nsibambi, the Mawokota South
MP and his Busiro East Counterpart, Medard Lubega Sseggona steer the process.
Kiboga East MP, Keffa Kiwanuka informed the meeting that NRM MPs had
reservations about the exercise. He called for the suspension of the exercise
to allow members to get to know each other and get induction on the purpose of
the grouping. He also raised a complaint about some of the members under their
political party who had met earlier to endorse candidates.
prompted Sseggona to ask a few MPs from different political groups to step
aside and discuss how to move forward. Shortly
after her return, Aisha Kabanda, the Butambala Woman MP reported that a team of
eight MPs had resolved that the voting continues and that positions be
distributed across the political divide. She also
reported that the members had proposed that NRM takes up the positions of
Caucus Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer.
members adopted the proposal only for the NRM MPs to push for more discussions,
which was granted. After the discussion that lasted for over 20 minutes, Kiwanuka
reported that the NRM MPs were still not contented since they needed more time
to orient themselves on the purpose of the Caucus and the entire election
process. Kiwanuka said that NRM MPs had resolved not to front any candidate and committed
to stand by the new leadership and Caucus positions.
However, the Butambala County MP, Muwanga
Kivumbi said that NRM members were only scared of the tyranny of numbers from
NUP. Sseggona then ruled that the voting exercise continues. The exercise saw all
new Caucus Executive leaders declared unopposed. They are Muwanga Kivumbi (NUP)
as Chairperson, deputized by Buikwe South MP, Dr. Lulume Bayiga (DP), Busujju
County MP, David Kalwanga (NUP) Treasurer, Ntenjeru South MP (Independent)
Patrick Nsanja, General Secretary, Mityana Woman MP, Joyce Bagala (NUP) Publicity
Secretary and Mawokota South MP, Yusuf Nsibambi (FDC) Secretary for
The others are Mukono South MP, Fred Kayondo (DP) Secretary for Welfare,
Bukomansimbi North MP, Dr. Christine Ndiwalana (NUP) External Affairs
Secretary, Mukono Woman MP, Hanifa Nabukeera (NUP) Secretary for Cabinet
Affairs and Katikamu North MP, Dennis Ssekabira (NUP) Secretary for Cultural
Affairs. Shortly after the elections, Muwanga
Kivumbi said they would focus on protecting Buganda’s land and environmental
conservation among other things.
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He also pledged to ensure that all Buganda Caucus members move as a team.
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Diana Mutasingwa, the Minister of State in charge of the vice president’s office,
said that NRM MPs would work with the new Buganda caucus leadership to push
issues promoting Buganda.
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Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition asked MPs from Buganda to be united
and get solutions to the problems affecting the region.