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NRM MPs disagree on LC elections mobilisation money

MPs of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have failed to reach consensus on how to proceed with the mobilisation for the party's Local Council election candidates.
                     
Vice president Edward Sekandi and NRM parliamentary caucus vice chairperson Solomon Silwany on Thursday convened a meeting of the NRM parliamentary caucus to convince MPs to mobilise support for the party's Local Council candidates in their constituencies.

Disagreements, however emerged after MPs demanded financial assistance to the party candidates as well as facilitation for MPs to traverse their constituencies.

 
NRM MPs at parliament recently
Silwany confirmed the demands for financial assistance saying that they are to meet with the party chairperson, President Museveni over the matter. He said most MPs were demanding for facilitation for the mobilisation campaign and the disagreement was mostly on the amount that each MPs is to be facilitated with. 

Silwany, however, said that there was consensus for the party MPs to rally support for the party candidates because the Local Councils are the backbone of the NRM party. 

Last month, the Electoral Commission set July 10, 2018, as a new date for the country to hold the long-awaited election of Local Council (LC) I and Women Village Committees.

The announcement ended the uncertainty on the polls that were suspended in November 2017, following separate applications by two citizens challenging the date set by the Commission. The Commission had set November 14 as the date for the election.

In one of the applications, James Tweheyo, the former general secretary of Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) challenged the running of elections in the absence of secondary school students who were sitting for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations.

According to a new roadmap by the Commission, the nomination of candidates vying for the positions for the five village women committee members is from June 27 to June 28, to pave way for campaigns between June 30 and July 2.

The nomination for Local Council chairpersons will take place starting Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5 at the respective parish headquarters.

A total of 1,134 new villages have been added to the list of villages where elections will be taking place. Uganda last held local council elections in 2001. The next round of elections which was due in 2006 was halted through a petition filed by Maj Rubaramira Ruranga, the then chairman of the FDC Electoral Commission.

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+2 #1 gatashimana 2018-06-23 09:42
What do MPs have to do with local councils?

Let the local population choose their own leaders. Why is the NRM so petty to the point that they want to control every aspect of every person's life?
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0 #2 Jama 2018-06-23 14:41
They want to misuse the tax payer's fund to have them elected by the same tax payer who is living in misery
People are lacking adequate infrastructures because of corrupt system imposed by the very NRM .

They uprooted both age and term limit against the popular will and they want to go back to the same people for votes.Whom are these people fooling?
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+1 #3 kabayekka 2018-06-24 10:45
When can these majority political party members of Parliament ever agree on money matters other than to raise their expenditures on the tax payer?
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+1 #4 Zaitun 2018-06-25 09:43
" He said most MPs were demanding for facilitation for the mobilization campaign."

Everywhere our MPigs talk of nothing but money, money in a country where the word investment in hardy known as opposed to looting as if money is picked from tree branches like fruits.

What an insult to the poor who struggle to pay their taxes at the cost of losing their lives!

Skeletal as I am, how I am forced to believe that my good health was stolen by that fat woman in blue to the point of bursting, either crying for more money or sleeping with open mouth while standing.

These NRM Pigs like their master do not understand that Uganda is already bankrupt. Museveni prints the local currency at will just to let Ugandans believe that they still have an economy that functions.
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