President Museveni will today meet lawmakers from the ruling NRM party to decide the fate of four ministerial appointees who were rejected by Parliament’s Appointments Committee.
Reliable sources have told us Museveni will also use the meeting with NRM lawmakers to further push for his proposal for a law denying bail to a category of offenders that includes rioters, with a view to get a cure for ‘walk-to-work’ protests, which FDC president, Dr Kizza Besigye, re-launched in Masaka last week.
Members of the NRM caucus have told us they expect to debate two reports during the meeting at State House Entebbe, scheduled to start at 2pm. One of these will be by the President on the rejected ministers. MPs we spoke to said they expect Museveni to make known the fate of James Kakooza, whom he had nominated minister of state for Primary Healthcare; Saleh Kamba, state for Bunyoro Affairs; Muyanja Mbabaali, state for Investment; and Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, minister without portfolio.
Museveni, on July 11, told NRM MPs that in rejecting some of his ministerial nominees, Parliament’s Appointments Committee was unfair and that there was intrigue at play. He said he would study the committee’s report and give the NRM caucus his opinion.
During the same meeting, he told his party’s MPs: “I again propose to you . . . the following steps: amending the Constitution and any other law to ensure that any political indiscipline leading to riots is not tolerated”.
The MPs expect Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to present a report on the proposed anti-bail law at today’s meeting. At the height of the April-May ‘walk to work’ protests, the NRM caucus set up a six-member team, headed by Mbabazi, to examine the President’s suggestion of amending the Constitution to deny bail to suspects of economic sabotage, murder, rioting and hostile media, among others.
But as MPs prepare to debate Mbabazi’s report, some have already publicly opposed Museveni’s proposal, describing it as unconstitutional.
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