President Yoweri Museveni has summoned National Resistance Movement (NRM) Members of Parliament for a caucus meeting at State House Entebbe, in what is likely to be to discuss the party roadmap for the 2021 polls this evening.
Caucus vice chairman Solomon Silwanyi confirms that the meeting to be chaired by the party leader will reflect on the road map released by party Secretary General Kasule Lumumba.
The meeting will also discuss the impasse at parliament after the speaker declined to confirm the commisoners nominated by the ruling party and the official opposition the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
“We shall also discuss the issue of the election of the commissioners that is still pending in parliament,” Silwanyi confirmed.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga broke with tradition and insisted that this time the back bench commissioners of parliament who are part of the powerful Parliamentary Commission should be elected unlike in previous instances when the parties nominated them
NRM had ‘re assigned Usuk mp Peter Ogwang, Kakumiro woman MP Nabanja and workers mp Arinaitwe Rwakajara to the commission while FDC had nominated Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye
MPs who voted against the lifting of the age limit in the constitution where however left out of the meeting as no invite has been extended to them
Patrick Nsamba of Kasanda North confirms he received no invite for the meeting but dismissed it as inconsequential insisting the MPs are simply going to receive instructions from the head of state.
“Even if I had an invite ,I wouldn’t go to Entebbe to discuss something that the president discussed with the secretary General and wants mps to rubber stamp” Nsamba reasoned.
He says he has never attended a caucus meeting in which free discussion is entertained and Mutual respect accorded to MPs.
Controversial law maker James Waluswaka of Bunyole East says the move to change the mode of electing the president to a parliamentary system will also be discussed as he claims the opposition is scheming a change to see the majority party in Parliament form government.
He says the matter will be debated and a position taken.
Waluswaka says he will float the idea that mps should also be elected by lining behind candidates to prove what he calls the might of the NRM.