By Jessica A Badebye
Preparations for the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party delegates’ conference 2014, have been in high gear this week to an extent that the party has sought help of a standby force to deal with any demonstrations at its conference due this Monday December 15th, citing security concerns.
“We are conscious that Al-Shabaab and ADF rebels have cells in Uganda and could be plotting to disrupt the meeting. These are potential risks that we want our delegates to be aware of,” Ofwono Opondo, NRM’s deputy spokesperson told the press. The party has also banned T-shirts bearing pictures of other politicians other than that of party chairman also Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, as an attempt to foster party cohesion. “He is our party chairman and as such, he acts as our compass,” Opondo, flanked by former Uganda Peoples Congress strongman Henry Mayega said.
NRM is working around the clock to avoid a re-occurrence of the 2010 delegates’ conference when police were enlisted to break up battles between rowdy youths supporting different candidates for the position of Secretary General which included former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, Constitutional Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire and former Ugandan Vice President Prof Gilbert Bukenya. This year’s delegates’ conference is expected to consider a string of constitutional amendments which might see the party chairman bestowed with powers to appoint a full time Secretary General, deputy Secretary General and party treasurer.