February 18, 2014

Kabale Priest Attacks NRM MPs For Endorsing Museveni

The Kigezi inter Religious Council Chairperson Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda has blamed the National Resistance Movement (NRM) legislators for endorsing President Yoweri Museveni to be the party candidate in 2016.

Pic: Hon. John Ssimbwa seconding the motion urging President Museveni to tender his candidature for 2016 general elections, on 11th  Feb 2014 (Photo Credits: Sarah Kagingo)
Pic: Hon. John Ssimbwa seconding the motion urging President Museveni to tender his candidature for 2016 general elections, on 11th Feb 2014 (Photo Credits: Sarah Kagingo)

The priest, who openly criticizes NRM policies, told journalists in Kabale town today morning that he is disappointed by the way legislators are being lured into what he called traps set by the party leadership.

Batanyenda, who also doubles as Kitanga Catholic Parish Priest, described NRM MPs as hyenas for taking a unilateral decision to just endorse President Museveni without consulting the people who voted them.

The priest says the move is very unfortunate and also suffocates democracy both within and outside the ruling party, adding that the locals should not vote back all the legislators who signed the document endorsing president Museveni’s candidature in 2016.

Last week, at a retreat of the NRM parliamentary caucus in Kyankawanzi, the MPs signed a resolution fronting President Museveni as the only party candidate and warning other party officials not challenge the Chairman in primaries.

The resolution was tabled by Norther Youth MP, Evelyn Anite.  Apparently, the youthful party members acted to stem what they called plans by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to challenge his boss and mentor. Mbabazi has distanced himself from the said plans.

Father Batanyenda now refers to the legislators as the enemies of Uganda, the National Resistance Movement and Museveni himself saying that the party has many other capable members to handle the country’s leadership.

Batanyenda is known for his sharp criticisms of the powers that be. Last year, he wrote a long letter attacking church leaders for failing to condemn corruption in government.

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