By Patrick Jaramogi
NWOYA, Uganda: Those who thought President Museveni was done with the presidency should read this,(Rtd.) Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been endorsed, yet again to contest as the sole candidate for National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate in the 2021 General Elections.
As we write this, the top Central Executive Committee (CEC), the top decision making organ of the NRM Party are still holed up in a retreat at the grandeur Chobe Safari Lodge located at the Murchison Falls National Park in Nwoya district.
While opening the five day CEC retreat on Saturday, President Museveni presented a key paper on ideology and strategy.
Spy Uganda has established that CEC is also expected to discuss undisclosed constitutional amendments and the 2021 roadmap.
President Museveni was endorsed by leaders under the national association of districts and lower local government councils.
The CEC is meeting among others to chat away forward on how best to handle the 2021 general elections.
Two weeks ago revelations by Workers MP Dr. Sam Lyomoki that he was going to compete with President Museveni for the NRM president candidature seat was met with mixed reactions.
According to the resolution that has already been sent to NRM headquarters, the members of ULGA that constitutes of district chairpersons, district speakers and the representatives of LCIII chairpersons, zeroed on Museveni for his “visionary” leadership and support to decentralization, continued championing of peace and Pan-Africanism, and political stability in the country, which they say has occasioned visible development as grounds for rooting for continuity of his leadership.
“We, therefore, resolve thus: President Museveni accepts to stand as our sole presidential candidate in the election of 2021. We commit to mobilise and reach out to our communities to ensure that our candidate attains victory,” the petition reads.
In the run-up to the 2016 general elections, the current State minister for Investments, Ms Evelyn Anite, spearheaded President Museveni’s sole candidature project that effectively locked out the former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. After he was sacked from Cabinet, Mbabazi would later contest as an independent candidate in a crowded contest. The final vote tally gave him 1.39 per cent.
Those attending the CEC retreat include; Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, NRM Vice Chairperson Moses Kigongo, NRM Sectary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, Rose Namayanja Nsereko a(NRM Party Treasurer) among others.
Now,all signs show that Mr.Museveni is likely to face it off with among others Kyadondo East Mp Hon.Ssentamu Robert Kyagulanyi commonly known as Bobi Wine who recently declared him and his team were ‘seriously’ considering vying for the highest office.
NEC has also adopted the proposal to line up during primary elections as opposed to secret ballot paper.