The Parliamentary Caucus of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party now in a retreat at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi, has resolved to continue supporting President Yoweri Museveni up to “2021 and beyond”, saying it is at this juncture that the country needs him most.
This news site recently reported that Museveni’s 2021 presidential bid was likely to come up at the NRM caucus.
Now a document presenting a number of resolutions passed at the NRM legislators Caucus convened on March 13 has been issued stating they will support Museveni in 2021 and beyond.
“We are at the most critical and delicate juncture in the process of transformation of our country. This cannot be the point to let go our visionary and unifier. We need Mzee now, than before,” reads part of the document.
According to the lawmakers, the president’s wisdom and guidance are still paramount as the country executes a qualitative leap from backwardness to modernity, as well as his firm guidance in “this dawn of the digital, nuclear and space age.”
The decision is synonymous with that of the party’s top organ, the Central Executive Committee (CEC), which resolved that President Yoweri Museveni should be their flag bearer in the 2021 Presidential elections. They were in a retreat at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya district in February.
CEC resolved to “emphatically recommend to the members of the movement and its organs” that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni “continues leading the movement and the state in 2021 and beyond.”
On Sunday, the NRM MPs resolved to recommend to the membership of the NRM, party’s national leadership organs to support the continuation of leadership of both the state and party up to 2021 and beyond and President Yoweri Museveni.
They say the President’s guidance is needed in mentoring and growing the ideological, political and technical cadreship for “protecting the gains of our revolution as well as secure the future of the Ugandan and African people.”
Court in June last year, cleared the way for President Yoweri Museveni, 74, to run again for presidency, when it upheld a constitutional amendments by Parliament that scrapped presidential age limits in December 2017.
Previously, the law required presidential contenders to be under the age of 75 and this would have blocked Museveni, from seeking re-election in 2021.
But a Bill removing the age cap was introduced in Parliament in September 2017 and signed into law three months later, sparking demonstrations and outcry from the opposition politicians who accuses Museveni of a power grab.