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INSIDE NRM CEC VETTING: Why Top Party Officials Want To Drop Hajji Nadduli, Babu, Hajji Lukenge And Mafumo…

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L-R: President Museveni, Capt. Babu and Hajji Nadduli

Multiple credible sources who attended the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Central Executive Committee (CEC) vetting meeting have told theGrapevine that controversial senior presidential adviser Hajji Abdul Nadduli, presidential adviser Hajji Asimwe Lukenge and Kefa Mafumo are set to be dropped from contesting to become members of the top party organ.

This website has established from sources that in a vetting meeting that took place at State House Entebbe on Tuesday, where some of the members were following proceedings via zoom, the three failed to convince other CEC members and President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the chairperson of the party that they have something to add on the ruling party, even though other sources we talked to cited legal issues.

One of the sources revealed that all candidates were given between four to eight minutes to present their case before the party top members and many of them resorted to praising their chairperson instead of campaigning and telling the committee what they are going to do for the party.

Hajji Nadduli for a long time has been representing Buganda region on CEC, Mafumo, who works in the State House political wing wanted to become the next CEC member representing Eastern Uganda to replace Captain George Mike Mukula. Hajji Lukenge who wanted to be the next National vice chairperson of the party replacing Hajji Moses Kigongo also failed to convince the committee.

When contacted on the matter, honorable Emmanuel Dombo Lumala, NRM’s Director of Communication and Information confirmed the development but noted that it’s not yet official that Naduli and others were dropped because they are still making consultations.

“The chairperson of the party is still consulting and he has written to the Attorney General for legal advice. He will be the one to come up with the final decision which will be announced publicly by the Secretary General of the party,” Dombo stated.

He explained that the reason why Nadduli was rejected was because he is still a public servant.

However, this website has also established that one of the party lawyers Kiryowa Kiwanuka reasoned during the vetting that it’s illegal for someone to stand in partisan politics when he or she is still a public servant.

Kiwanuka’s reasoning didn’t augur well with most of the candidates who are still public servants and it’s the reason why the chairperson decided to seek guidance from the Attorney General.

In the same development, theGrapevine has also established that Museveni pleaded with Captain Babu to leave Hajji Kigongo to continue serving as the party Vice Chairperson.

When asked on this matter, Dombo said that in his capacity as the chairperson, the President can talk to his members and persuade them on anything that is good for the party.

“He cannot announce in public that someone should leave the race for another, that’s not democracy but he can find ways to talk to his members as the chairperson and I think that’s what he is doing now,” Dombo noted.

Efforts to speak to Captain Babu were futile since he was not picking our calls.

However, last week, he told theGrapevine that he is not willing to leave the race in favor of Hajji Kigongo. He also rubbished claims that he has a personal vedanta with Hajji Kigongo since he snatched his wife in late 1980’s.

“This is not personal, it’s about our party NRM, I wanted to bring back our previous glory by removing leaders who add nothing to its development,” Babu said. The party’s scientific delegate’s conference is stated to take place between 18th and 20th of this month.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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I Didn’t Ask You To Interpret The Law, I Asked For M7’s Papers – Bobi Wine’s Lawyer Nkunyingi Tells Byabakama, Declares Next Move…

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Controversial National Unity Platform (NUP) party lawyer Muwada Nkunyingi who is also aspiring to become Kyadondo East Member of Parliament is at crossroads after the Independent Electoral Commission refused to give him the certified academic papers of president Yoweri Museveni.

In the letter dated 3rd Sept 2021 signed by Leonard Mulekwah, the secretary general of the electoral Commission received by Muwada stated that the academic documents of Museveni don’t need verifications as Muwada wanted.

“Kindly note and be informed that the academic documents of candidate Yoweri Museveni presented in 2016 didn’t need verification since they are governed under section 4(15) of the presidential Elections Act, 2005 as amended,” Mulekwah said.

He insisted that the issue of whether Museveni was illegally or legally nominated; was determined by the Supreme Court in the case of John Patrick Mbabazi Vs the Attorney General, Electoral Commission and Museveni that he was illegally nominated.

When contacted, Muwanda showed dissatisfaction with the Electoral Commission blaming them for speedily giving controversial lawyer Male Mabirizi academic papers of presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi but coiling their tails when it came to Museveni’s papers.

“I am sure in the previous elections Museveni has been illegally nominated that’s why Byamukama is shielding him. By the way Byamukama should know that he is not the Court of Appeal that I wrote to him to interpret the law for me, I wrote to the chairperson of the Electoral Commission,” Muwada told the theGrapevine.

He revealed that as per now, he is considering meeting his lawyers to give him a legal opinion which he will base on to declare his next move.

This website has also established that there is pressure at the Electoral Commission after some officers were questioned on who gave Kyagulanyi’s academic documents to Mabirizi.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Don’t Worry My Girl You Will Be A Full Minister In My Next Cabinet – M7 Assures Embattled Former PPS Kamukama…

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President Museveni has promised his trusted former Principal Private Secretary (PPS)Molly Kamukama a juicy job in his next cabinet once he wins the 2021 election.

This website has established that over the weekend, Kamukama, who is the State Minister for Economic monitoring received a phone call from president Yoweri Museveni assuring her that she will retain her ministerial office in the coming 2021-26 government.

Museveni gave Kamukama an olive hand after losing the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party flag Ms. Jennifer Muheesi with whom she was competing for the Kazo District Woman MP slot.

Credible State House sources told this website that Museveni also told his former PPS that he has directed the recount of votes in Kazo, Isingiro and Kiruhura.

“Tanga Odoi refused to announce me because I told him to first talk to the Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba when he wanted to see the president. Why should junior officers like Tanga meet the president when seniors are available? NRM’s Electoral Commission is under the Secretariat and I was doing my professional work,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She added, “H.E, kindly prevail over Tanga so that he declares me, Katushabe, Rwakimaari, Kabasharira and Rwamirama.”

On the issue of staying in cabinet, Kamukama stated that the president assured her that she will be a full cabinet Minister in 2021 – 2026 whether she is an MP or not.

“I thank you Your Excellency for shaming these youth and Kazo self-seekers,” she boasted.

Ronah Ruranga Kemirembe defeated Kamukama with 13,288.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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If You Love NUP Let Us Work Together And Deliver Kampala Victory To Kyagulanyi – Ssebaggala Challenges Rival Chameleone…

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Latif Ssebaggala (L) and Chameleone (R)

Latif Ssebaggala, the sitting Kawempe North legislator who will not contest for that same position this time is now beaming with joy after being selected to carry the National Unity Platform (NUP) flag for the Kampala Mayoral race.

“Fellow comrades, as you all might be aware, I was declared the official flag bearer of the National Unity Platform for the position of Lord Mayor of Kampala City,” Ssebaggala said.

“I am charged, energized, hungry and ready to hand over the city of Kampala into the hands of NUP led by Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi,” he added.

He thanked the members of the vetting committee who he said took their time to ensure that NUP has the strongest candidate at each position.

“Indeed, I have all the qualities of a selfless leader that will enable me to take charge of this magnificent city,” Ssebaggala boasted, adding that his track record speaks for itself.

Ssebaggala called upon loyal National Unity Platform members that weren’t selected to be flag bearers to team up with the official candidates for the good of NUP and for the good of Ugandans.

He urged mostly those who were dropped by the vetting process to put their differences aside and work together with those who got the ticket for a strong NUP victory.

“This war we are fighting is far bigger than all of us. Let us not lose sight of the overall mission which is to dislodge this NRM dictatorship,” Ssebaggala said.

“My brother and comrade in NUP Mr. Joseph Mayanja, let us work together,” he added.

The experienced politician challenged Chameleone to soldier on in solidarity if he indeed shares the passion to push the National Unity Platform to greater heights and to also make sure Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi and all NUP candidates in various positions win over Kampala and Uganda at large come 2021.

“Hand in hand, victory verily belongs to those that believe in it the most and believe in it the longest,” he emphasised.

Ssebaggala revealed that he will in a few days inform the people of Kampala on his campaign plans and strategies and how he hopes to traverse for votes throughout the city.

“We shall also be giving you information on the nominations programs and the so many activities we have lined up for this campaign season,” Ssebaggala said.

Ssebaggala also revealed that he will unveil his coordination teams in various divisions, launch the Lord Mayorship coordination offices and also launch his campaign manifesto in due time.

 

By Baron Kironde

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