NRM officials in Masaka district are scheduled to convene a crisis meeting this week to resolve internal wrangles that have forced 300 members to quit the party.
On Monday, 300 NRM supporters convened a meeting at Buddu Guest House in Masaka town and resolved to quit the party. They cited marginalization, poor leadership and the failure by President Yoweri Museveni to meet them to resolve party wrangles, as some of the reasons behind their decision.
Tony Ssempijja, the NRM Youth chairperson Masaka municipality says they resolved to quit after writing to Amama Mbabazi, the NRM secretary General and their chairperson President Yoweri Museveni for intervention in vain. Ssempijja also says that they have written several letters to the party leadership to extend financial support to youths to start income generating projects, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. He says the 300 members who have resolved to denounce the party are from Kimanya -Kyabakuza, Katwe-Butego, and Nyendo-Ssenyange divisions in Masaka municipality.
Abdullah Ssenabulya, the NRM secretary Masaka Municipality says the failure by the party bosses to fund their development projects has left them wallowing in extreme poverty. He says it is useless for them to continue supporting a government, which does not care about them and only remembers them during polls.
Ssenabulya has also threatened to mobilize residents to stage a demonstration this Thursday to denounce Museveni’s government. Noor Njuki, the Masaka Municipality Deputy Speaker accuses the party secretariat of marginalizing them and instead spending money on opposition supporters. Njuki claims that he risked his life when he provided food to the then NRA rebels led by Museveni but he has received nothing in return.
The decision by party members to quit has caused panic among the local NRM leadership in Masaka. Party officials are planning to meet the disgruntled members to persuade them to reconsider their positions. Sarah Nanyanzi, the Masaka NRM women league chairperson says the decision by the 300 party supporters to quit caught them by surprise. She faults the NRM secretariat of failing to convene meetings to address key issues affecting the party members. Peter Ssenkungu, the Greater Masaka NRM Chairperson says despite the fact that the members have genuine demands; they should not just quit the party.
He also says that President Museveni donated 150 million shillings to mechanics in Nyendo yet many of them are opposition sympathizers.
Ssenkungu has however appealed for calm among the disgruntled party members saying he is sure Museveni will listen to their concerns.