The Uganda Government chief whip Justine Kasule Lumumba has said that the National Resistance Movement members of Parliament will tomorrow kick off a constituency to constituency campaign to market the party.
While the caucus that passed the resolution said the campaign would be to sell President Yoweri Museveni as the sole candidate for the 2016 elections, Lumumba said the campaign will be about service delivery.
Lumumba told journalists that the campaign is to explain to the electorate what government has been able to achieve and what it is still working on adding that they also want to listen to people’s views and challenges.
She adds that the MPs will also explain what parliament has so far done and what is still pending and to enhance party discipline and cohesion. When the journalists insisted that they have heard from MPs that the campaign is solely about Museveni’s sole candidature, Lumumba admitted faintly that it is part of the campaign.
She said that they will explain to the people why they passed a resolution to have Museveni as the only candidate in 2016 as the NRM caucus. When asked where the funds for these activities will come from, deputy chairperson of the caucus David Bahati said that the money will come from the party.
He said that NRM never uses state funds for its party activities adding that the party has its own funds since members contribute monthly and that MPs contribute a minimum of 150,000 shillings every month. Lumumba said that the MPs will be carrying out these activities from Friday to Monday so that they do not interfere with the activities of parliament.
The planned campaign will kick off despite the party’s Central Executive Committee’s disagreement that the action will not be good for the party as it was seen to suppress internal democracy. But Lumumba says the resolution hadn’t been taken to CEC for approval.