NRM forces Kadaga to adjourn Parliament indefinitely

The week-long retreat for the ruling NRM MPs has forced the Speaker of Parliament to indefinitely adjourn the House, meaning, Parliament has to go into an early recess to allow the ruling party conclude its business.

The NRM parliamentary caucus is scheduled to start on Wednesday, March 13, at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) Kyankwanzi under the theme, Industrialization for Job Creation and Shared Prosperity.

In Parliament on Tuesday, the  Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga expressed disgust at the government’s decision to hold the NRM Parliamentary Caucus retreat in the course of Parliament business.

In a Parliament of 459 MPs, NRM enjoys the majority with 306 members in addition to some independent MPs but leaning to the ruling party who have been invited for the retreat.

According to the Parliamentary calendar, the second meeting of the third session of the 10th Parliament which started in November 2018 is meant to end on next week on March 19.

The third meeting of the third session  is supposed to on March 20  and run up to May 31, a time Kadaga said would have been appropriate for the government to take its MPs into the retreat so as not to disrupt Parliamentary work.

At Kyankwanzi, the MPs are expected to endorse a resolution by the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) that last month declared President Yoweri Museveni the NRM sole candidate for the 2021 presidential elections, insulating him from any internal processes to choose a presidential flag bearer.

The MPs will also receive presentations on other reforms CEC, the party’s top most policy organ, wants to introduce in the NRM constitution.

Some of the proposals for amendment include a shift from a secret ballot to lining up behind candidates in all internal elections.