Anti-age limit MPs, NRM bicker over LC I elections cash
NRM MPs who opposed last year’s amendment of the Constitution to scrap presidential age limits have been locked out of the ongoing mobilisation for LC I elections.
Since the beginning of the week, the ruling party has been giving NRM MPs and its 2016 Parliamentary flag bearers money to mobilise for the party’s candidates in the village council elections.
The elections are scheduled for Tuesday July 10.
Each MP has been given an average of Shs 3m to facilitate them convene meetings in their constituencies in addition to Shs 120,000 for each of the candidates LC 1 chairperson.
This translates into a total package of about Shs 20m for each MP.
Not sure of their loyalty to the party, the NRM leadership decided to sideline all its 27 MPs that voted against the age limit amendment.
“They can’t be allowed in, even the money that had been given to Johnson Muyanja Ssenyonga [Mukono South] was withdrawn,” an NRM MP told Intelpost.
Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo confirmed that they had been sidelined.
“It is up-to them but that won’t stop us,” Ssekikubo said.
Ssekikubo spent most of the time on Thursday at NRM headquarters on Plot 10 Kyaddondo Road in Kampala engaging party officials on a number of issues.
Among the issues is the disqualification of some of his supporters who had won NRM primaries.
NRM secretariat’s communications director Rogers Mulindwa denied that the party had sent away the ‘rebel’ MPs.
“We called them but they never showed up, we had to improvise and found other people to mobilise in their constituencies. They have discriminated themselves from the activity. We can’t go hunting for them,” Mulindwa said.
NRM plans to hold mobilisation meetings at Constituency and district level on Friday and Saturday respectively which meetings could cost the party more than Shs 5 billion.