Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) deputy Chief Whip David Bahati has said the issue of the party Secretary General will be resolved at the next delegates’ conference.
According to Ndorwa West Member of Parliament Bahati, the NRM plans to hold its delegates’ conference either before the end of this year or early next year.
The issue has been the centre of controversy since the appointment of the current Secretary General Amama Mbabazi as Prime Minister in 2011.
The members were concerned that the position of a Secretary General is too demanding for one to hold it alongside other duties such as those of Prime Minister.
Bahati says the members have a genuine concern and that the party recognises the need to have a full time Secretary General adding that NRM must be committed to what it resolved.
President Yoweri Museveni, who appointed Mbabazi as Prime Minister, told a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last year that he had agreed with Mbabazi before appointing him Prime Minister that he would relinquish his position as Secretary General.
But it was later reported that Mbabazi had refused to give up the position of Secretary General saying he was elected by members of the party.
Bahati said that after numerous discussions on the matter in both NEC and the party’s Central Executive Committee, it was agreed that the issue be resolved between the President and the Secretary General. He said that if the matter is not resolved by the time of the next delegates’ conference, another full time Secretary General will be elected.
Mbabazi has been NRM Secretary General since 2005 when the “no-party” Movement system was registered as a political party. At the delegates’ conference in 2010 Mbabazi was re-elected beating Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire and former vice president Gilbert Bukenya.