We have given you all the support while in chair as our IPOD leaders, be there for others and don’t dodge the subsequent summit again”, NRM Secretary General Rt. Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba told Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) at the IPOD event this Wednesday.
SG Lumumba was speaking shortly after FDC’s Nandala Mafabi handed over to JEEMA as the new chair of the IPOD Council at Kabila Club. Deputy Secretary General Fredrick Kasajja received the instrument of power on behalf of JEEMA Secretary General Mohammad Katerega who missed out at the function. SG Lumumba reminded the sister Parties under IPOD to embrace the God given opportunity of working together irrespective of their different Political Ideologies. Eng. Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Deputy SG Harold Kaija were among the FDC leaders present.
*AUDIT THE NRM GOVT*
SG Lumumba has also reminded the sister Parties of their responsibility to audit the NRM against its shortcomings. She proposed that the IPOD leadership in chair should consider having written periodic audit reports to create check points for the NRM Govt in power. “Play your roles of auditing, monitoring and supervising the government in power”, Lumumba said before adding that NRM was ready to take such written reports in good faith. She however warned against street criticism of the ruling government by the opposition.
*GOVT FUNDING TO IPOD*
The NRM Secretary General commended the IPOD Summit and Council members in Parliament who have always whipped the central government to consider releasing funds to Political Parties. She identified them as Hon. Jimmy Akena (UPC), Hon Nandala Mafabi (FDC) and Hon. Asuman Basalirwa of JEEMA.
Lumumba further called on sister Parties to take a front seat in holding candid discussions with the EC on Electoral related matters. She pledged her full support & availability for the task.
*APOLOGY FROM NATIONAL CHAIRMAN*
The NRM National Chairperson and Head of State H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni sent a written apology to the IPOD Secretariat for physically missing out at the function. He however delegated the Secretary General to represent him. He also nominated other members to attend the event on belf of the Party. These included Hon. James Tweheyo (CEC Member), Hon George Odongo (EALA MP), Hon Tezira Jamwa (VC NRM Women League), Ms. Shamim Kavuma (Publicity Secretary Women League), Hon Charles Egwau Egou (Executive Secretary to SG) and Rogers Mulindwa (NRM Spokesperson).
The function was well organised and social distancing observed. Frank Rusa, the NIMD Country Representative commended all parties for exemplary leadership and team work.
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