The National Resistance Movement (NRM) First Deputy Chairman Hon Hajj Moses Kigongo on Wednesday morning reigned in Hon Persis Namuganza, cautioning her against launching direct attacks at Speaker of Parliament Hon Rebecca Kadaga during the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) candidates meeting.
Hon Mamuganza, who is seeking to oust Speaker Kadaga as Second Party Chairperson was compelled to cut short her speech when she wandered off in a tirade targeting the Speaker.
In her remarks, the Junior Lands Minister accused Kadaga of being disloyal to the NRM and standing up against the party Chairperson, President Yoweri Museveni.
“One of the candidates I am running against who is the Speaker of Parliament; in order to serve in that position, it was agreed upon by the chairperson, the CEC and the party Caucus. Without the NRM, she wouldn’t be the speaker,” Namuganza charged.
“I was therefore shocked when the same speaker presided over the passing of a motion of displeasure with the President who is also the NRM chairman,” she said referring to the May 2020 motion.
She also said a vote for her would mean a vote for Democracy, which is one of the core principles of the ruling party.
“The NRM has young and old people in parliament and all councils. The president also appointed some of us young people in cabinet. But it is important that even in CEC more young people besides the Youth League represent us there.
Namuganza however, was interrupted by Hajj Kigongo and cautioned stop attacking other candidates and focus on her own campaign.
“Members when called here, talk about yourself and what you want to do. Do not attack anybody; that’s the right way of campaigning,” Kigongo warned.
“Talk about yourself and what you have done and what you want to do. I cannot sit there in my capacity as Vice Chairman and watch people attacking each other…that must stop.”
Speaking earlier at the event, Kadaga stressed that her commitment and loyalty to the party is unshaken.
“Ever since we went into multi- party politics, I have campaigned for this party and supported it in the good and bad times, both in and outside of Parliament,” she said.