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Nambeshe Threatens to Quit NRM

Some of the NRM MPs who have since the Age Limit debate been labeled rebels for standing against the party position are Barnabas Tinkasimire, Theodore Ssekikubo, Monica Amoding, Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, Patrick Nsamba and Sam Lyomoki.
Manjiya County Member of Parliament John Baptist Nambeshe.

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John Baptist Nambeshe, the Manjiya County Member of parliament has threatened to quit the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party and join Gen. Mugisha Muntu's New Formation or opposition political forces to cause regime change.

Nambeshe says he is considering leaving NRM together with 26 other NRM MPs who have been labeled rebels for voting against the lifting of the Presidential Age Limit in December 2017.

He explains that ever since the controversial age limit debate, all the NRM legislators who opposed the party position have been sidelined by the party parliamentary caucus and are never invited for any party activities. 

Our reporter also learnt that several NRM leaning legislators were not invited for the caucus meeting convened by president, Yoweri Museveni on Monday to discuss among others the proposed reduction of the mobile money tax from 1 percent to 0.5%.

"We are only waiting for the right time and that is why people should not misunderstand me when you see me identifying with Gen. Mugisha Muntu in his New Formation. I was there to ensure that we are also moving from where we have been isolated as NRM members so that we move from isolation to cooperation," said Nambeshe.

The legislator who attended a presser by Gen. Muntu to unveil his political pressure group noted that he will also be cooperating with MP Robert Kyagulanyi's 'People Power Movement' and other opposition forces with a view of forming an alliance.

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Nambeshe's sentiments were recently raised by the Lwemiyaga County MP, Theodore Ssekikubo in an interview with Uganda Radio Network. While reacting to the establishment of the New Formation, Ssekikubo also lamented about the mistreatment in his NRM party, saying they were even ejected from the NRM Caucus WhatsApp group.

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The MP said that they have been left by the party in the cold since they are not accepted at party functions and that when it comes to paying them for activities in constituencies, those who considered rebels are not considered.

Some of the NRM MPs who have since the Age Limit debate been labeled rebels for standing against the party position are Barnabas Tinkasimire, Theodore Ssekikubo, Monica Amoding, Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, Patrick Nsamba and Sam Lyomoki.

Others are Alex Ruhunda, Johnson Muyanja, Sylvia Rwabogo, Richard Gafabusa, Susan Amero, James Kaberuka, Denis Sabiiti, Hellen Kahunde, Justine Kayinza, Connie Nakayenze, Evelyne Chemutai, Henry Kibalya, Norah Bigirwa, Sylvia Akello, Sarah Nakawunde, James Acidri, Moses Adome, Felix Okot and Michael Mimuzigu.

 

The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa told journalists in May 2018 that some of the rebel legislators were pushing for a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni so as to repent.