The Executive Committee of Opposition Uganda Federal Alliance Party, which was founded by Kampala Minister Beti Olive Namisango Kamya has forced her to stand down as the party’s president, arguing that the minister cannot be ‘everywhere’ at the same time.
This happened yesterday, during a heated executive committee meeting at Hotel Mamerito in Bweyogerere, Wakiso District.
During the meeting, members argued that it is high time Kamya, who was appointed minister in the NRM government give way for another member to keep office active.
These accuse Kamya of being selfish and full on intrigue for wanting to be the party president, yet at the same time serve another party as minister. They pushed her out of office unanimously.
The members also said that Kamya did not consult the party when the president appointed her minister, an accusation she denies.
Speaking to Nile Post later, Kamya said she had agreed to their demands to stand down, adding that she would now use the rest of her energy in serving as minister in government.
However, Kamya promised to take the entire party executive committee to president Museveni to solve their internal wrangles.
“If the President gets time, I will ask him to meet my party members so we agree on the way forward,” Kamya said, adding that she will ensure the party is well prepared for the upcoming general elections in 2021.
“Since the 2021 general elections are coming up, I need to guide our members on how we should prepare. Whom should we support?” she said.
Party members however dismissed Kamya’s intentions of taking the matter to President Museveni; “we are not ready, otherwise we would have met him already.”
In February 2017, Kamya refuted claims that he party had been merged with the National Resistance Movement, arguing that the party only agreed to formalise the its cooperation with NRM to implement government programs.
Kamya said the party wanted to encourage its supporters to actively engage in government programs to eradicate poverty and increase on household incomes.
In August 2017, the leadership of UFA threatened to take disciplinary action against Beti Kamya for allegedly neglecting her presidential duties in the party, making public utterances different from what the party believes in and acting in contempt of its organs.
In August 2016, Kamya promised Museveni that she would deliver to him 80 per cent of the votes in the capital Kampala, an opposition stronghold, should he stand in 2021.
Kamya has also publicly claimed that Museveni is is a gift from God and should be left to rule Uganda forever.