Five National Resistance Movement (NRM) party MPs who have been
blocked from attending the Parliamentary Caucus retreat at Kyankwanzi have
vowed not to backtrack on issues that have put them in dispute with the party.
On Monday, the NRM Parliamentary Caucus Spokesperson, Margaret
Muhanga, listed six MPs who were not invited for the retreat because of their
The MPs include Kasambya County MP Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, Patrick
Nsamba Oshabe for Kassanda North, Buyaga
West MP Barnabas Tinkasimiire, Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding, John Baptist
Nambeshe for Manjiya County and Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo.
They are among the over 20 NRM party legislators who in 2017 opposed the
lifting of the Presidential age limit in the Constitution.
Addressing a press conference at Parliament on Wednesday, the MPs said that the
move by NRM to continue locking them out of their party activities shows the
shrinking political space within the party.
They insisted that they still stand by their decision to vote against
the removal of age limit, a matter that prompted their exclusion from parliamentary
Ssekikubo said that none of them is under any disciplinary action within
the party and that being locked out of the caucus retreat is a hijack of the
party and a move that increases factions within the party.
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Tinkasimiire said that their names were clearly read out for
character assassination even when they are NRM party cardholders.
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Maracha East MP James Acidri who was also not invited for the retreat said that
the action violates their right to associate. He described NRM as a party full
of contradiction and intrigue.
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Nambeshe, who had earlier threatened to storm the retreat, says that
they have decided to remain calm since confrontation will not yield anything positive.
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Oshabe said that nothing good will come
out of the caucus retreat apart from political decisions that are to maintain
President Museveni in power.