NRM MPs who said NO to age limit removal denied election mobilisation cash 

Sam Ibanda Mugabi

The 27 rebel NRM Members of parliament who opposed the controversial age limit bill 2017 have criticised the top leadership of the ruling party for discriminating them in the party’s facilitation to mobilize for the forthcoming local council elections.

Even when their actions of discriminating them undermines the practice of democracy, they are not moved to regret their decision of voting against the constitutional amendment.

The whole of Wednesday, members of Parliament who supported the Raphael Magyezi bill were seen flocking the NRM Party headquarters at Kyadondo to pick their money to drum up support for the party flag bearers in the forthcoming local council elections.

Each of the legislators received 3 million shillings for the mobilizations, 120,000 shillings for each of the village flag bearer, 200,000 for the parish flagbearer and 300,000 shillings for the sub county coordinators.

But the exercise of receiving the money has left out the 27 NRM Legislators who opposed the age limit bill. MPs Maurice Kibalya of Bugabula South and Felix Okot Ogong confirmed to Nile Post about how they have been left out in receiving the funds to mobile for the forthcoming elections

“The instructions were clear as they said that from above whoever said no during amendment should not receive that money,” Kibalya said.

“I have been in the party but I want to advise those that are doing that to read the party constitution and study how a party should be run,” Okot Ogong said

These fire spitting legislators are also concerned that the party leadership has continued to discriminate them in the party activities, but they will not be moved to bow for their decision on the controversial Constitutional amendment bill 2017.

“I want to emphasize this statement that I don’t regret. It was wrong to amend the constitution, we are not moved, we are not bothered, we are there for our voters,” Kibalya said

“I don’t regret what I did in parliament, I did it and it is gone but I am still a member.” Okot Ogong added.

But to the NRM party secretariat spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa, the claim by the 27 rebel mp’s against the Party leadership is baseless.

“It is not true, the mobilisation ahead of the LC I and woman council elections does not discriminate anyone who is our flag bearer,”

 

 

 

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