Opposition Members of Parliament in Buganda have criticized the
election of the National Resistance Movement-NRM Buganda Caucus executive committee.
On Sunday, the Buganda NRM MPs sitting at the National Leadership
Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi elected a seven-member
The new executive is chaired by Kabula County MP James Kakooza and will be deputized by Nakaseke South MP Syda Bumba.
According to a statement issued by Rogers Mulindwa, the NRM Senior
Information Manager, the other members on the new executive are Bukoo South MP
Muyanja Mbabaali (Treasurer), Bukoto Mid-West MP Kasozi Muyomba (Secretary), Kasanda South MP Simeo Nsubuga (Publicity
Secretary), Bukuya County MP Michael Bukenya (Committee Member), Government
Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa (Ex-Official) and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba
Kuteesa as the Patron.
According to Mulindwa, the committee was elected to coordinate party
activities among themselves in Parliament. It will also be tasked to lobby
programs and projects from government to benefit the people of Buganda.
Simeo Nsubuga, committee’s Publicity Secretary said that the
leadership of Buganda Parliamentary Caucus still exists comprising all MPs from
Buganda regardless of their political affiliation.
However, a section of opposition legislators expressed concern over
the new committee.
Masaka Municipality MP, Matthias Mpuuga said that the move is suspicious
and will be resisted and frustrated.
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Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante labelled the committee is an
attempt by the NRM Buganda MPs to secede from the mainstream Buganda parliamentary caucus chaired by Mukono North MP
Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga.
He accused President Yoweri Museveni of attempting to further his own
personal agenda in Buganda.
Kasibante alleges that the new committee group plans to defeat
Buganda interests in parliament.
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Nakaseke South MP Lutamaguzi Ssemakula said that he was not
surprised by actions of MPs. He alleges that their action was to counter a
refusal by the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus Chairperson Johnson Muyanja
Ssenyonga to move President Museveni’s sole candidature motion.
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He accused the MPs of having hidden intentions.
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Busujju County MP David Kalwanga, the
Treasurer of Buganda Parliamentary Caucus said that the new named NRM Executive
was just diversionary.
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The Mpigi Woman MP Sarah Nakawunde, the Vice Chairperson of
Buganda Parliamentary Caucus defended her NRM counterparts saying that they
have not elected a parallel executive but rather a committee for NRM MPs from