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NEC endorses Museveni for party head

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th November 2005 03:00 AM

THE NRM’s National Executive Committee (NEC) yesterday endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as the party chairman and 2006 presidential candidate.

THE NRM’s National Executive Committee (NEC) yesterday endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as the party chairman and 2006 presidential candidate.

By Fortunate Ahimbisibwe
and Cyprian Musoke


THE NRM’s National Executive Committee (NEC) yesterday endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as the party chairman and 2006 presidential candidate.

The approval came a few hours after the Central Executive Committee (CEC), the vetting organ, approved Museveni as the party’s flag-bearer.

The party’s apex body, NEC, is expected to endorse his candidature today.

“He was elected unopposed. Those who don’t want Museveni can go hang,” NRM spokesman Ofwono Opondo said after the meeting.

Willy Tiberyeba and comedian Bush Ayinebyona, alias Vicks Kingo, were thrown out of the race, “because they are not well known to the people and the party organs.” State minister for child affairs Okot Ogong pulled out.

The CEC declined to recommend defence minister Amama Mbabazi, National Political Commissar Crispus Kiyonga and lands minister Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire for the prestigious post of secretary general.

The committee said the post should be occupied by a person who is not an MP or a minister.

“The committee noted that since the secretary general will be responsible for the daily operations of the party, it was agreed that the three ministers should not occupy it since they are very busy with other duties,” a CEC source said.

However, Opondo said NEC overturned the CEC resolution and recommended that names of those vying for the post be sent to the National Conference for a final decision.

The CEC meeting, which took over eight hours and ended in the wee hours of Thursday morning, also recommended Al-Haji Moses Kigongo as vice-chairperson of the NRM. He was unopposed.

NEC was by yesterday expected to elect the national leadership of the party.

Vice-president Gilbert Bukenya will tussle it out with housing state minister Francis Babu for the post of vice-chairperson of the central region. Medi Kaggwa was requested to step down on considerations of religion, a source said.

State minister for labour, Henry Obbo, Steven Malinga, Mbale Municipality MP Wanjusi Wasieba, Soroti LC5 chairman Emilly Otekat, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga and state minister for health Mike Mukula were recommended for the post of vice-chairperson of the eastern region.

Third deputy premier Moses Ali was the only candidate recommended for the northern seat.

NEC endorses Museveni for party head

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