KAMPLALA – NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba has revealed that the former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga will either face caution, suspension or expulsion from the party.
According to her, the decision will depend on whether there will be a formal complaint made to the party disciplinary committee over her conduct.
This comes after Kadaga defying party’s decision and stood independently for the 11th Parliament Speaker seat having been denied party flag in favour of her former deputy, Jacob Oulanyah.
However, Oulanyah beat her former boss with 310 to 197 votes.
Addressing the press on Thursday, NRM Secretary General said that the election of Oulanyah and her deputy, Anita Among is a reflection of the unity and cohesion within the National Resistance Movement.
“I thank H.E. the President and National Chairman of the National Resistance Movement; the NRM Central Executive Committee and the NRM Parliamentary Caucus for their role in ensuring the election of the two NRM flag bearers for the positions of Rt.Hon. Speaker and Rt.Hon. Deputy Speaker respectively,” she said.
She reminded the two leaders that they hold the positions in trust and on behalf of their mother party, the NRM and that they should always work to fast- track the NRM manifesto.
Lumumba urged members of the party to desist from making any inflammatory statements in the media about the election that she said might be prejudicial to the unity and cohesion of the party.
It should be recalled that Kadaga has come out to claim that there has been many attempts to eject her from the party leadership.
Speaking to the press on Sunday evening, Kadaga said, “During the CEC elections last year there was tremendous State interference and intimidation but I won the contest of CEC national vice chair.”
She said that the major reason she is being harassed is because of speaking on the issues of the ordinary people.
“I want to tell you that I will continue speaking on those issues.”
She said, “Despite the constitutional provisions, the position of the women has been relegated. I want to stand up for the rights of those who are still marginalized. I’m appealing to the people of Uganda to ask their representatives in parliament to do the needful.”
Lumumba has reminded all Ugandans at all levels to resort to their work since election period is done.
She said Ugandans exercised their right well by choosing their next president, Members of Parliament, district chairpersons and other leaders in elections that were largely won by the her party but said it is now time for them to start work.
“This electoral cycle has now come to an end. I take this opportunity to appeal to Ugandans at large but specifically to those leaders who participated in the electoral process; to now get down to hard work so as to lay a firm and strong foundation for the socio-economic transformation of the country, during this ‘kisanja’,” Lumumba said.
She challenged leaders irrespective of their political affiliation at all levels in the country, to develop mechanisms for conflict resolution; whether through mediation, reconciliation or arbitration in order to promote unity and cohesion in the country.
She added that when a county is purposefully united, the implementation of government programs for socio-economic transformation can easily be done and fast-tracked.
On the second wave of covid-19 pandemic, Lumumba appealed to Ugandans, especially the politicians involved in celebrating their victories to do so in strict compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures as guided by the Scientists; so as not to put the people of Uganda at risk of contracting and spreading the COVID-19 pandemic.
She also called upon the general public to continue observing standard operating procedures issued by Ministry of Health.