Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) on Sunday adopted the party’s disciplinary committee’s recommendation and expelled four ‘rebel’ Members of Parliament.
The MPs who have been shown the exit are; Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala central MP), Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga county MP), Wilfred Niwagaba, Barnabas Tinkasiimire whereas Rwampara Municipality MP Vincent Kyamamdidi was given a four month suspension.
Their expulsion follows a meeting called by the party chairman President Yoweri Museveni at State House on Sunday.
The MPs are said to have been found guilty of faulting Rule 4 of the NRM constitution which prohibits; use of foul language, campaigning against official party flag bearers in elections, being an agent of foreign agents to the detriment of the party or country and willfully spreading malicious propaganda.
Although the MPs have maintained their innocence blaming their woes on political infighting, the party has decided otherwise.
The expelled legislators are known for out rightly antagonizing the party, opposing official party positions, earning them the infamous name ‘NRM rebels’, something that some members saw as indiscipline. It is this behavior that has cost them their membership.
By expelling the legislators, the ruling NRM is sending a message to those with intentions to serve the party, that it will not tolerate any form of indiscipline that threaten its unity that is vital for the party’s longevity.
Had they voluntarily resigned from the party or crossed to another, they would have lost their seats immediately according to law. However, they will remain MPs until 2016 when the next general elections will be held.