Uganda's ruling party expels four 'rebel' MPs

Three of the Expelled Ugandan ruling party MPs--Tinkasimire, Ssekikubo and Nuwagaba-- at a recent NRM retreat in Kyankwanzi. FAISAL KASIRYE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Uganda's ruling National Resistance Movement has recommended the expulsion of four outspoken members of parliament from the party.

The party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) Sunday adopted the recommendation of its disciplinary committee to expel the legislators who have been branded "rebellious".

The MPs who have been expelled are Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga county MP), Mr Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala central MP), Mr Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Mr Barnabas Tinkasiimire.

Rwampara Municipality MP Vincent Kyamadid was handed a four-month suspension.

Their expulsion, according to sources, was decided in a meeting called by the party chairman President Yoweri Museveni at State House on Sunday.

Mr Museveni, in power since 1986, brooks little dissent from party supporters, but has recently faced opposition from within NRM ranks over a range of issues in the last few months.

Government spokesperson Mary Karooro Okurut has called a press conference Monday to announce the expulsions.

Flouting rules

The MPs, according to CEC, were found guilty of faulting Rule 4 of the party constitution which prohibits the use of foul language, campaigning against official party flag bearers in elections, being an agent of foreign agents to the detriment of the party or country and willfully spreading malicious propaganda.

But Mr Nsereko, during a television show Monday said they are not shaken by the expulsion vowing to “create another vehicle that would be used to articulate issues that would take Uganda to democracy and development."

"We are determined to ensure proper democratic change and distribution of resources. May be our expulsion has given NRM a sigh of relief but I don’t think it will help the party build hospitals and improve service-delivery to Ugandans who are the owners of this country,” he said.

Mr Nsereko said he ready to resist all values of the NRM which are not pro-people adding that Ugandans should write the future their country, not a clique of leaders.

“Using arrogance over reason by a group of people has no place in Uganda and this country can be better without them,” he said.

The outspoken MP predicted that by 2015, almost all Ugandans would have suffered the repercussions of bad NRM policies.

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