Mbabazi Team Courts NRM MPs Who Lost Primaries

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West Budama South MP, Jacob Oboth Oboth confirmed the meeting was held with Go-Forward member, Hope Mwesigye.

Amama Mbabazi's Go-Forward political team is in talks with at least 60 Members of Parliament who lost in the recent National Resistance Movement party primaries.

Through his sister-in-law, Hope Mwesigye, Mbabazi is reported to have asked the legislators to join the Go-Forward team, following wide discontent by most of the MPs over the manner in which the NRM elections were conducted.

The MPs met with Mwesigye at Parliament on Thursday for about two hours, with the former Agriculture Minister convincing them that once they join Mbabazi's camp as independent candidates, they will be facilitated financially through provision of nomination fees and facilitation for campaigns. 

A source who attended the meeting says Mwesigye assured the MPs that her team was ready to welcome more members to their camp and gather strength in the next parliament.

Most of the legislators admitted that they were not happy with the manner in which the NRM party handled their grievances and petitions surrounding the elections and are opting to run as Independents.

The meeting was reportedly chaired by West Budama South MP, Jacob Oboth Oboth.

Oboth however emphasized that no member has agreed to defect yet.

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This development comes a month after President Yoweri Museveni, who is the NRM party chairman, met with losers in the NRM primaries, after they expressed discontent over the outcome of the polls.

While a reconciliation committee, led by Hajji Abbey Mukwaya was named to receive and address complaints from the recent party primaries, the MPs say this has not been done.

Amama Mbabazi fell out with the NRM last year, after serving as Secretary General for long. He is now contesting for presidency as an independent candidate, and is head of the Go-Forward political group.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.