Night meetings fail to diffuse NRM deadlock in Parliament

At the fall of darkness on Monday, Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa remained stuck at Parliament’s main entrance, make frantic phone calls with a hope of diffusing an anticipated revolt by NRM MPs.

Nankabirwa had just chaired a crisis meeting in her office on the 4th floor of Parliament House’s East Wing.

In Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s office on the 6th Floor of Parliament House’s North wing, commissioners, Peter Ogwang, Robina Nabbanja and Arinaitwe Rwakajara were locked in a meeting that went on till about 7:45pm.

The look on their faces didn’t show a positive outcome from the meeting.

Kadaga is a member of NRM’s Central Executive Committee  (CEC) that two weeks ago resolved to retain the Ogwang, Nabbanja and Arinaitwe as the ruling party’s representatives on the Parliamentary Commission – Parliament’s administrative arm.

But a sizeable number of NRM MPs is opposed to the CEC resolution and have vowed to shoot down their party decision during today’s plenary sitting of Parliament.

The commission’s tenure is two and a half years but can be extended to the full Parliamentary term.