THE Vice-President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, the deputy Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga and the Prime Minister, Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, were yesterday named on the interim leadership of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
The NRM Interim Executive yesterday met at their headquarters on Kyaddondo Road in Nakasero. President Yoweri Museveni, the NRM chairman, presided over the meeting.
Sources said the meeting started at 11:00am and went on till 7:30pm. It was adjourned to this Thursday.
Vacant posts were filled and regional coordinators named. The meeting also drew a roadmap for establishing different structures of the NRM countrywide and the registration of members ahead of presidential elections in 2006.
The NRM elects leaders by October 2005. Primaries to select presidential, parliamentary and local government candidates take place in December 2005, the sources said.
Former vice-president Speciosa Kazibwe was elected third vice-chairperson for gender balance. First and second vice-chairpersons are Moses Kigongo and Bidandi Ssali. Tororo woman MP Dorothy Hyuha is secretary.
Mobilisation; Dr Crispus Kiyonga and Capt. Mike Mukula; legal affairs is Sam Kuteesa and Rebecca Kadaga; finance is Ndawula Kaweesi; institutions is Amama Mbabazi and Ofwono Opondo and Mary Karooro will handle publicity.
Research will be headed by Daudi Migereko; disability, Florence Nayiga and Alex Ndeezi; Parliament, John Nasasira, Okot Ogong and Hope Mwesigye; women, Namirembe Bitamazire and security chief is Lt. James Kinobe. He will take the post after retiring from the army.
Nusura Tiperu, Dan Kidega and Rose Namayanja head youth affairs. Workers, Charles Bakkabulindi and political veterans chief is former minister Paul Etiang.
The meeting set up a team to advise on the creation of the external wing of NRM to recruit Ugandans in the diaspora.
The team headed by Bukenya, has Nsibambi, Lt. Gen. Moses Ali, Dr Johnny Richard Bulamu, Akwero Odongo and Alhaji Odwor.
Ofwono confirmed the meeting and said it was called to fill vacant posts and other matters pertaining to the organisation.
â€œWe emphasised internal democracy and external cohesion. Internally, we can debate issues freely and exhaustively but outside, we have to speak with one voice,â€ Opondo said.
The following were named regional coordinators: eastern, Beatrice Wabudeya, Moses Kizige, Jennifer Namuyangu and Bernard Mulengani. Karamoja will be represented by Yafesi Omara and Rex Achilla.
Dr Alex Kamugisha, Francis Mwebesa, Col. Kahinda Otafiire and Brig. Jim Muhwezi are for south-western region. Otafiire and Muhwezi take up the positions on retirement from the army.
Buganda has Ruth Nankabirwa, Vincent Sempijja, Margaret Zziwa, Mike Sebalu, Sarah Nyombi, Nyombi Tembo, Prof. Ssemakula Kiwanuka and Mbabali Muyanja.
North has Betty Akech, Jovino Akaki, Henry Oryem, Santa Okot and Eng. Hillary Onek. West Nile has Alex Jurua, Bakoko Bakoru, Okumu Ringa, Animu Angupale and Jessica Eriyo.
Teso has Grace Akello, John Eresu, Christine Aporu Amongin, Dr. Peter Esele and Capt. Emily Otekat. Mid-west has Benigna Mukiibi, Kamanda Bataringaya, Matsiko Kabakumba and Adolf Mwesige.
The meeting floated the creation of the Elgon Zone to cater for Bugisu and Kapchorwa.
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