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Independent MPs to Attend NRM Caucus Meeting as Party Decides on Speaker

NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba said in a letter last evening, that President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the National Chairman of the NRM party, has directed her to invite all NRM leaning independent MPs for the meeting.
Letter inviting NRM leaning Independent MPs
The National Resistance Movement-NRM party has invited independent Members of Parliament to join the NRM caucus meeting taking place today in Entebbe, today. The meeting is expected to endorse the NRM choice for the position of the Speaker of Parliament.

NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba said in a letter last evening, that President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the National Chairman of the NRM party, has directed her to invite all NRM leaning independent MPs for the meeting.

Initially, the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi had said that NRM leaning independent MPs will not take part in the caucus meeting. Odoi noted that the independent MPs would only participate in NRM parliamentary caucus meetings after they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to legalize their working relationship with the party.

The NRM has at least 337 of the 529 members of the eleventh parliament.  In the same house, there are 73 independent candidates, 43 of whom initially belonged to the ruling party, and fell off after losing the party primaries.

Meanwhile, the much-anticipated caucus meeting will commence after the Central Executive Committee-CEC concludes the vetting process for both positions early today. Although CEC had reached a consensus on Saturday, sources say that one of the candidates requested that the matter is moved to Sunday.

“We have not yet agreed on the matter, both the deputy and the Speaker, and so we will continue. After they all presented their case, they did not attend the deliberations but we could not finalize it” one of the sources who attended the meeting said.

Another source says that Museveni directed Lumumba to invite NRM leaning Independent MPs because one of the candidates asked CEC to allow them to participate in the meeting on Sunday.

The incumbent Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah Lokori have expressed interest in the race for the Speaker. NRM leaning Independent MP, Juliet Kinyamatama (Rakai Woman Representative), Forum for Democratic Change-FDC's Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and  Bukoto Central MP  Richard Ssebamala of DP have also expressed interest in the same position