By Markson Omagor
The National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the National Resistance Movement kicked off yesterday 24th January at State House, Entebbe with former Vice President Prof Gilbert Bukenya and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi snubbing the event.
The two together with former Premier Kintu Musoke had been invited by the President as special guests to the meeting. However, by close of business yesterday, only Kintu Musoke had respected the invitation.
It should be remembered that Amama Mbabazi fell out with President Museveni when he chose to run against the latter in the 2016 Presidential elections.
Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has also been an unhappy man since he was dropped from the Vice Presidency in May 2011.
He became Vice President in 2003 replacing Specioza Kazibwe, who at the time was grappling with a failed marriage. He later stood for the post of Secretary General of the NRM and lost to the incumbent Amama Mbabazi. He was replaced as Vice President of Uganda by Edward Ssekandi.
Yesterday the NRM National Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi was seen recognizing the different groups of participants and the two names were conspicuously missing.
Also recognized were the 317 MPs who voted in favour on the removal of Presidential age limit in December 2017.
Some of the NRM MPs known to be “rebel MPs” for their voting against the removal of age limit attended.
Some of those present were: Pius Wakabi (Bugahya County) who declined to vote, Alex Ruhunda (Fort portal Municipality).
Meanwhile, Dr Odoi emphasized that members who had already expressed interest in contesting for different positions in leagues of the party were out of order.
“The EC of the party is headed by Dr Tanga Odoi. Nobody in Uganda will issue guidelines other than Dr Tanga Odoi. Let everyone know that we are still in charge,” Mr Odoi said.
Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkansiimire and Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo also attended.
Kabarole woman MP, Ms Sylvia Rwabwogo was also among the rebel MPs who made her way into the meeting room.