2 January 2013

Uganda: Museveni Summons NRM MPs to Kyankwanzi

Ruling Party Members of Parliament are to go for a retreat at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi to assess the party's performance in regard to service delivery.

The meeting will be held from January 11 to 21, acting Chief Whip, Rose Namayanja said yesterday (Dec1).

"We shall be scrutinising our performance in the various sectors." She said they expect the ministries to present status reports, which members will discuss.

President Yoweri Museveni is expected to attend the retreat, she said.

Another source confirmed that they will be looking at implementation of the NRM manifesto "sector by sector."

Sources also intimated that the law makers would discuss issues to do with internal wrangles in the party, but this was denied by Namayanja.

NRM has for some time now been entangled in squabbles, with some MPs who do not toe the party line being labeled as rebels. The differences seem to have deepened following the death of Butaleja district Woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda recently.

Two NRM MPs, Chris Baryomunsi and Mohammad Nsereko were arrested after her death, but have since then been released.

Currently, MPs across the political divide are collecting signatures to have Parliament recalled from recess to discuss the arrest of their colleagues. But the NRM has opposed recall of Parliament.

The retreat, according to sources, will also discuss functionality of the NRM party structures. "Most of the structures are dead. The village, parish, sub-county organs are no longer in operation," one MP said.

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