Last Saturday, Jim Muhwezi travelled to Sembabule district, on the assignment of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
His task was to reconcile the warring factions within the NRM that resulted in the party’s failure to field a parliamentary candidate in Mawogola North.
But the meeting at Sembabule district headquarters showed the CEC member that he is too small for the Sembabule issues.
The meeting instead turned into a platform for renewing old rivalries especially between the Woman MP, Anifa Bangirana Kawooya and the state minister for Transport, Joy Kafura Kabatsi.
As the meeting progressed, Kawooya told Muhwezi that it is only the NRM chairman, President Yoweri Museveni who has the capacity to calm the tensions in the district.
“Divisions, cliques, hatred and money are killing NRM in Sembabule. The way forward is for top leadership, our chairman, to call us and reconcile us,” Kawooya said.
“Much as Museveni has support in Sembabule, his forces are divided. How are the divided forces going to mobilise for him?” She wondered.
Kawooya, a recent defector from the Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kutesa-led camp into the Lwemiyaga MP, Theodore Ssekikubo-led camp had to ward off accusations that she is sympathetic to presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi’s People Power group.
Kabatsi who lost the NRM primaries in Lwemiyaga to Ssekikubo told the meeting that both Kawooya and Ssekikubo had quit the NRM and joined Kyagulanyi’s group.
“I was with him in his house when he announced that he had quit NRM but you gave him the NRM flag. He has been to Lwebitakuli and Mateete campaigning, and those areas are now [a strong base for] people power,” Kabatsi accused Ssekikubo who did not attend the meeting.
Kawooya hit back; “You came here for reconciliation… but if someone says that because I reconciled with Ssekikubo, I am therefore People Power, then what are we doing here?”
“I am the Woman MP and I know that Lwemiyaga is 96 percent NRM,” Kawooya said, further telling the meeting that areas where People Power has a strong presence are in Kutesa’s Mawogola North and the pro-Kutesa MP, Joseph Ssekabiito’s Mawogola constituency.
Muhwezi urged the politicians to stop the name calling and accusing one another of belonging to the opposition because the NRM is still recruiting from the opposition.