By our Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the Chairman of the NRM party, has said he doesn’t remember any agreement made on the Speaker of Parliament in 2016, and consequently declined to heed to the call to withdraw Rebecca Kadaga from the race.
We have been informed that the main goal of the anti-Kadaga camp in the ruling National Resistance Movement party during the 29 March 2021 State House meeting, was to make Museveni dwell on the purported 2016 agreement to “disqualify” Kadaga in favour of her deputy Jacob Oulanyah.
Those actively decampaigning Kadaga in NRM include the Government Chief Whip, Mrs. Ruth Nankabirwa, who also fiercely worked against her in the August 2020 CEC elections.
To the amazement of the anti-Kadaga camp, Museveni told them that he is not aware of the said 2016 agreement.
“Almost all of us were surprised to hear the president say he doesn’t remember any agreement or consensus made in 2016,” said a source who preferred to remain anonymous.
According to the source, anti-Kadaga camp, who believes it is impossible to defeat her in the ballot, want the Kamuli strong woman to be dissuaded or kept out of the race by all means.
“The existence of Kadaga in the race is an automatic defeat to the camp against her. They want her off the ballot,” said the source.
The hopes of the team have now however been deflated making them to resort to the propaganda of “leaking” what transpired at State House against Kadaga.
“The hopes dashed when the chairman (Museveni) said he doesn’t remember the 2016 agreement. It has been the main tool to hammer Kadaga,” added the source.
Kadaga also recently said at Munyonyo Common Weath Resort that there was no agreement in 2016. The likes of Nankabirwa and those campaigning for Oulanyah have based it on the argument that he stepped down for Kadaga in 2016 and 2021 is his term. The deputy also told New Vision newspaper in February 2021 that this is his time.
In the same meeting Museveni said he is not supporting anyone for Speaker and also strongly warned the National Resistance Movement senior party leaders against using his name in the heated campaign for the Speaker of Parliament.
The meeting had Museveni; Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, her deputy Jacob Oulanyah, who are both standing for the speakership of 11th Parliament and the contenders for the deputy speaker.
Museveni openly pointed out at the meeting that his name is being misused in the speakership race, a dangerous thing that affects his status as the chairman of the party.
“I have heard and seen my name being dragged into the campaign for Speaker. That is not the spirit of the movement and I detest it,” said Museveni.
Other participants in the meeting included the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa and deputy speaker aspirants: Ruhinda North MP, Thomas Tayebwa; Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among; West Budama MP, Jacob Oboth Oboth and Gomba Woman MP, Robinah Rwakojo, that he has no particular candidate he is supporting in the Speaker’s race.