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The embattled former Prime Minister has reportedly agreed to relinquish his position as Party Secretary General after members of the party's second top most organ pressured him to do so. Mbabazi said he will take a three month leave in order to calm the rising tensions as a result of his sacking amidst claims he plans to vie for the Presidency.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has agreed to step aside from his role as NRM party Secretary General following a resolution by the NRM central Executive Committee, URN can confirmed.

Mbabazi reportedly agreed to step aside at the end of a three day CEC meeting on Saturday, at State House, Nakasero.

Sources confirmed to URN that Mbabazi agreed to take a three-month leave in order to calm the tension that cropped up after his sacking as Premier and repeated claims that he plans to contest for the presidency.

His deputy, Dorothy Hyuha is expected to take charge of his roles while he is on leave.

During the meeting, members reportedly accused Mbabazi of running the party as a family entity and engaging in covert activities aimed at undermining the party chairman.

The proposal that Mbabazi steps aside was put forward by Deputy Chairman Al Hajji Moses Kigongo, and was seconded by the National Vice Chairman for Northern Region Sam Engola.

Engola reportedly read out a resolution to suspend Mbabazi and that he faces the disciplinary committee. Museveni, the chair of the meeting, however reportedly stopped the resolution saying it was premature.

"We don't want such resolutions now; we must first fix where the problems are coming from. If we walk that path, the public will think we are against Mbabazi," sources quoted Museveni.

Mbabazi who was sacked as Prime Minister by President Museveni a month ago, has been the subject of speculation as he remains silent about his plans amidst growing allegation that he was carrying out underground activities to dislodge the President ahead of the 2016 general elections.

The former close confidant of the President has however denied the accusation but his wife, Jacqueline, admits to having held campaigns to protest what she said was unfair treatment of her husband.

The meeting was called to discuss growing division and indiscipline in the ruling party and  to discuss a resolution to endorse President Museveni as the sole party flag bearer in the 2016 elections.

Mrs Jacqueline Mbabazi, who is head of Women's League reportedly protested what she said was unfair judgment of her husband and demanded that other top ranking party leaders such as the chairman also faces the disciplinary committee.

The meeting also discussed the standoffs over the party register that is currently in the custody of Mr Mbabazi and which, he has allegedly refused to hand over.

NRM party National Treasurer Amelia Kyambadde, is said to have suggested at the meeting that the party cancels the National Conference pending availability of resources and a 'cleaning' of the party register.

"Mr President the party is so divided, we need to take a decision about it, even here in CEC we are divided," sources quoted Kyambadde.

Mbabazi successor Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda called for cohesion amongst party members and appealed to Mbabazi to denounce any acts that would be interpreted as working against the party.

The veteran's league representative Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi asked CEC to be stern on matters of discipline if it was to strengthen itself internally.

"If we can't discipline senior party members like him (Mbabazi), how can we go and start disciplining junior cadres. We need to be aware about what we do," a source quoted Muhwezi as having said.