Call for transitional government as NRM infighting escalates

(L-R) Gen Museveni and his embattled ex prime minister during their good old days.
(L-R) Gen Museveni and his embattled ex prime minister Amama Mbabazi during their good old days. He has now finally got rid of him and has placed his succession plans up and running again.

By Henry D Gombya

A call has been made for a transitional government to be established in Uganda led by a presidential commission. It comes during a time when the current Ugandan leadership under President Yoweri Museveni is facing internal misunderstandings that have led to the sacking of the once powerful Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi and attempts by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to remove him as its Secretary General.

Social media reports recently reported that Mr Mbabazi who was unceremoniously sacked after he made it known he was going to stand against Museveni in the 2016 general election was publicly humiliated at a recent meeting of the NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) in which prominent figures like Brig Matayo Kyaligonza publicly hurled abuse at him. Held at State House Nakasero and presided over by its Chairman, Gen Museveni, the NRM’s CEC saw prominent party leaders like Capt Mike Mukula, Jim Muhwezi being encouraged by President Museveni to humiliate Mbabazi, accusing him of committing ‘crimes’ against the party.

New Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda is said to have suggested that his predecessor be hauled before the party’s disciplinary committee to answer charges of bring the party into disrepute by declaring his intentions to stand against Museveni while it had been agreed by the party that there would be no one to contest the presidency apart from the incumbent. According to social media reports circulating in Kampala, Mr Mbabazi remained calm throughout this ordeal, asking to be told what crimes he was being accused of.

In the heat of exchanges of bitter words against each other CEC member Kyaligonza is said to have been restrained from having a fist fight with Kampala businessman and Museveni’s business confidant Basajjabalaba. In the end, Capt Mukula allegedly recommended that Mbabazi be sacked as the NRM’s Secretary General. While it is not yet clear whether this was the decision reached by the CEC, it is now understood that Mr Mbabazi has been forced to go on an indefinite leave as Secretary General as the party looks to appoint his replacement.

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