KAMPALA – The NRM Secretary-General Rt. Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba has asked the opposition to audit the ruling party against its shortcomings.
Lumumba was on Wednesday, May 27 speaking shortly after FDC’s SG Nandala Mafabi handed over to JEEMA as the new chair of the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) Council at Kabila Club.
She proposed that the IPOD leadership in the chair should consider having written periodic audit reports to create checkpoints for the NRM Govt in power.
“Play your roles of auditing, monitoring and supervising the government in power,” Lumumba said before adding that NRM was ready to take such written reports in good faith. She, however, warned against street criticism of the ruling government by the opposition.
“We have given you all the support while in chair as our IPOD leaders, be there for others and don’t dodge the subsequent summit again,” she told FDC.
Deputy Secretary-General Fredrick Kasajja received the instrument of power on behalf of JEEMA Secretary-General Mohammad Katerega who missed out at the function.
SG Lumumba reminded the sister Parties under IPOD to embrace the God-given opportunity of working together irrespective of their different Political Ideologies. Eng. Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Deputy SG Harold Kaija were among the FDC leaders present.
The NRM SG also commended the IPOD Summit and Council members in Parliament who have always whipped the central government to consider releasing funds to Political Parties. She identified them as Hon. Jimmy Akena (UPC), Hon Nandala Mafabi (FDC) and Hon. Asuman Basalirwa of JEEMA.
Lumumba further called on sister Parties to take a front seat in holding candid discussions with the EC on Electoral related matters. She pledged her full support & availability for the task.
At the function, she read an apology from President Museveni who happens to be the NRM National Chairperson, for physically missing out at the function.
Museveni delegated the party SG to represent him. He also nominated other members to attend the event on behalf of the Party, including; Hon. James Tweheyo (CEC Member), Hon George Odongo (EALA MP), Hon Tezira Jamwa (VC NRM Women League), Ms. Shamim Kavuma (Publicity Secretary Women League), Hon Charles Egwau Egou (Executive Secretary to SG) and Rogers Mulindwa (NRM Spokesperson).