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A section of National Resistance Movement-NRM legislators
who opposed the scrapping of the presidential age limit are engaging their
leaders to represent the party in the 2020 polls.
Eighteen of the 27 legislators met president Yoweri Museveni at
Statehouse on Wednesday where they discussed their welfare as disgruntled NRM party members.
The MP's also met to ensure that they get
approval from President, Museveni who also doubles as the NRM Chairperson to
contest on the party ticket.
“For some time, we have been sidelined since 2017. Members
are placed in committees they don’t want, they stop them from chairing the
committees, and now that it is time for politics, they want to know if the
sidelining will continue because most of them thought that they were doing what
the people wanted. But this was misunderstood by the party” one of the rebel
MP's told URN.
According to the source, they basically wanted
to know whether the marginalization will continue but the President assured
them that this will not be happening.
Monica Amoding, the Kumi Woman MP
who was part of the team said there is need to resolve the dispute since they are still
Amongin says for now all the 30 MP's are serving
on the NRM ticket and that is one of the reasons they met Museveni.
defended their decision to meet their party chairperson, saying they can't be
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John Baptist Nambeshe, the Manjiya County MP says he has faced
a lot of trouble including being kicked out of the NRM caucus meeting for opposing
the lifting of the age limit.
He however, said he has already
denounced his NRM membership in favor of the People power pressure group.
that majority of the rebel MPs are returning to the party, adding that those
who didn’t meet the president just missed because they hadn’t tested for Covid-19.
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In December 2017, 315 MPs voted to remove the
75-year presidential age limit and effectively gave Museveni another chance to
contest for the country’s top most.
97 Members voted including 27 from the ruling
NRM opposed the proposal pitying them against their party leadership.