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NRM to punish its treasurer for voting against mobile money tax

Namutumba Woman MP Mariam Naigaga

Namutumba Woman MP Mariam Naigaga

The executive leadership of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus is considering disciplinary action against its treasurer Mariam Naigaga for voting against the mobile money tax bill. 

Naigaga, the Namutumba Woman MP voted against the retention of a 0.5 per cent tax on mobile money withdrawals, as parliament passed the amendments in the law last week.

The NRM caucus had reportedly resolved to support a reduction of the tax from 1 per cent to 0.5 per cent, but not the dissolution of the tax in totality. But Naigaga told journalists that members of the NRM caucus had failed to get a common position on the matter and added that her allegiance lies first with her constituents.

However, government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa says Naigaga will have to appear before the executive committee of the NRM caucus in parliament to justify her actions. Nankabirwa, who doubles as the chairperson of the caucus told journalists that Naigaga will be expected to explain why she should not face disciplinary action for going against a decision that she was part to.

"Many people were greatly concerned about one of the caucus executive members going against the caucus decision. This is really out of order, she wasn’t in order….The rules allow you, a member of the caucus, who is having difficulty in supporting a caucus decision to go and discuss with the government chief whip. You can put it in writing and I'm instructed by the rules to put the response in writing. I can advise you to go and hold your view if you're so passionate about that view…But to surprise me and hold your view, you, a member of parliament who is on the executive is not acceptable."
 
Nankabirwa says that belonging to a political party warrants members to respect party resolutions. She reiterated that defiant NRM MPs ought to remember that Uganda has since moved from the movement system to a multiparty system which warrants them to abide by party decisions.

"We chose to go into multi-party dispensation. We must respect how parties work. I am observing the individualism coming up which was working well when we were in the Movement political system," Nankabirwa said.
 
"If you want to be independent, go and be an independent then we’ll know that for you don’t care  - you're holding an independent mind. But if you’re in a certain political organisation, you must respect that organisation - across the board whether in opposition or in government." Nankabirwa added. 
 
But Naigaga has maintained her defense against the mobile money tax saying that as a member of the parliamentary finance committee that scrutinized the bill, most of the people who appeared before the committee never supported the tax.
 
She said that voting in support of the tax would mean that parliament was carrying out duties without listening to the people. Naigaga said that her decision was based on the need to strike a balance between the party position and the interests of her voters.

"If I need to be disciplined, I will respect the chief whip’s decision if at all it's within the rules. However, I also support the NRM and President Museveni but I support policies that are pro-people not policies that are anti-people." Naigaga said. 

Comments

+7 #1 Odongkara 2018-10-10 07:50
"If I need to be disciplined, I will respect the chief whip’s decision if at all it's within the rules. However, I also support the NRM and President Museveni but I support policies that are pro-people not policies that are anti-people." Naigaga said.

Very few if any in the NRM will be as bold and honest as Naiga is here! Nankabirwa is just a woman for herself and not for her constituents and Uganda. What is the work of a call girl??? Doing goose March I think.
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+5 #2 Darligton Sakwa 2018-10-10 08:52
You are my hero. The NRM rules cannot deprive you of your right to stand and freely associate or take pro-people positions.

The NRM rules are contrary to the constitution which sent you to get votes from your people not the party
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+5 #3 sulaiman 2018-10-10 09:15
Women constitute the majority in our country.
Women are the majority in Small businesses

Women are the bedrock of our families and they toil day and night to keep the families floating in these difficult days.

It is humbling and we should congratulate the many women especially women representatives who voted against the Tax.

Surely it is a punitive Tax and it punishes women more than men.
All sensible women voted against the tax regardless of political party.
Congrats Naigaga. You are not alone.Above all you are protected by God.
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+3 #4 sulaiman 2018-10-10 09:20
Young people in positions of responsibility and especially in politics should support Jjajja and Co. carefully.

They have run their race and are on their way out. People should not ruin their future by acting stupid because others are acting stupid.
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+7 #5 Zaitun 2018-10-10 09:41
You are quite wrong, chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa. What you want to do against Mariam Naigaga is a clear indication of utter dictatorship in disguise that is making your govt. torture innocent Ugandans vying for clear democracy.

I am sure you have seen a lot more films concerning the likes of Adolf Hitler or Stalin while addressing their followers, or in Communist countries where dictators would not want to get opposing views.

Respect this woman for her opposing points of view. After all, what more do you want, after imposing your dictatorial mindsets on innocent Ugandans to loot them clean of the small pocket money they are left with?
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+2 #6 kelem 2018-10-10 14:29
The NRM prefers headless voting machine to MPs with brains. Unfortunately the majority are voting machines/self seekers.
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0 #7 WADADA rogers 2018-10-10 16:20
Why are they telling us, let them do what they want to do to her, that is their private affair
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+1 #8 rubangakene 2018-10-10 22:09
Go girl, "get spanked sore and blue" by the bullies but you will emerge with your conscience and pride intact.

We will return you in the next parliament unopposed!
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-1 #9 Wainanchi 2018-10-11 12:58
Not only that one my dear! But we have to separate weed from grain and make our NRM party strong and United.

Only patriotic and good NRM can steer the bright future for Uganda !!

We appeal to the Chairman of the National Resistance Movement General Museveni to separate weaveil from the healthy tissue of the NRM and continue to lead us since it is only him who has ability to govern and lead us and he has shown that back the time when Uganda was liberated in 1986.

Neera neera Mzee.Paka last! Paka Paka.Mudeveni Oyeee!!! Uganda oyee! NRM Oyeee!
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0 #10 gwok 2018-10-13 00:21
Quoting Wainanchi:
Not only that one my dear! But we have to separate weed from grain and make our NRM party strong and United.

Only patriotic and good NRM can steer the bright future for Uganda !!

We appeal to the Chairman of the National Resistance Movement General Museveni to separate weaveil from the healthy tissue of the NRM and continue to lead us since it is only him who has ability to govern and lead us and he has shown that back the time when Uganda was liberated in 1986.

Neera neera Mzee.Paka last! Paka Paka.Mudeveni Oyeee!!! Uganda oyee! NRM Oyeee!
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We [the people] add: Welcome to the people, Dear Madam Mariam Naigaga, for the it is ONLY US [the people] who who can effectively separate the grain from the rest, weevils included to save Uganda. The writing is on that wall, Sir.
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