The Independent (Kampala)

10 January 2013

Uganda: NRM Still Needs Its 'Rebel MPs' - Dr Omona

The Member of Parliament for Kaberamaido district says the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) still needs its 'rebel MPs' so as to build cohesion among the party MPs and supporters.

Dr Kenneth Omona Olusegun made these remarks while appearing in WBS' Morning falvour show together with Muhammad Nsereko MP for Kampala central. "

When the party says it wants to discipline some of its rebel MPs it doesn't mean that we do not want them. We need them so that we can build a strong party and this has been the ideology of President Yoweri Museveni who is our party chairman," he said.

The NRM ruling party at the moment is riddled with animosity between its MPs on both political divide with some agitating for the separation of powers from between the executive and the legislature. However, MPs loyal to the party say there is nobody who has usurped powers of the legislature.

Dr Omona says, "President Museveni is a tolerant leader who has a track record of tolerating even people who took up arms and fought his government but now they are dinning with the same government that they fought against. This is a big indicator that NRM tolerates even more to its rebel MPs."

The Kaberamaido lawmaker named groups that fought this government as; The Uganda People's Army (UPA) with Musa Ecweru who serves both as MP for Amuria and a state minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, the West Nile Bank Front a rebel group that was led by Moses Ali and fought government from West Nile region but now Gen Ali is the third deputy premier.

With all that happening in the NRM then it means we want to work more with Nsereko but what we want them to do is to respect the rules that the NRM caucus agrees on.

However, Nsereko says he cannot be used as a yes person at the time of voting in the house. "I am in parliament to represent the views of my people who elected me as their MP but not to represent the views of the party for it never elected me," he said.

"In that regard I will not attend the NRM retreat that will soon take place in Kyankwanzi for it is useless," he added.

Mostly the views that we discussed there were never implemented anywhere, "Then tell me the reasons as to why I should attend that NRM retreat? Nsereko asked.

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