Two key members of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) have spoken out of the decision by former Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, to run for speaker as an Independent following a decision by the ruling party to select Jacob Oulanyah as the NRM flag bearer for speaker.
The secretary-general of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), Justine Kasule Lumumba, said Kadaga, who is also the Kamuli Woman MP, should not antagonize the party.
On the other hand, the NRM vice chairperson for the eastern region, Mike Mukula, said no one is bigger than the party.
“The party made a decision and someone has been endorsed. Please in all fairness, don’t antagonize the party. Go and sit with the leadership of the party, President Museveni, and be given other responsibilities so that others are also given a responsibility to lead Parliament, and with you, your experience, you would be the best advisor to them so that we make Parliament better, and serve Ugandans as we secure their future,” Lumumba said.
“The NRM CEC resolves issues by consensus and through deep discussions. CEC has never voted on most issues as we believe in consensus. The party supremacy is primary and party discipline reigns over and above all. No single individual is bigger than the party,” Mukula said.
On Sunday, the NRM CEC and the party’s parliamentary caucus endorsed Oulanyah, who is also the Omoro County MP, for speaker, and Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among as deputy.
However, the move did not go down well with Kadaga, who argued that she had been edged out for fighting for the common person.
“As you may be aware, my party did not endorse me for the speakership race. I will contest for Speaker as Independent. There have been many attempts to eject me from the NRM party,” she said.
Another NRM MP, Thomas Tayebwa (Ruhinda North), who lost the deputy speakership race to Among, also vowed to stand as an independent.