The Buganda Parliamentary Caucus on Wednesday held controversial elections that saw Butambala County legislator Hon Mwanga Kivumbi emerge winner unopposed.
However ,his election was not void of drama as majority of the National Resistance Movement –NRM party members chose to stay away from the elections .
Only 9 of the 46 NRM MPs from the Central region led by Kiboga East MP, Keffa Kiwanuka showed up.
Kiwanuka and the group accused the NUP party, the biggest opposition party in the parliament of greedily scooping 5 juicy caucus positions for its members and throwing the remaining 5 to other parties.
55 of the 57 NUP legislators in parliament are from the Central region.
Kiwanuka called for elections to be canceled to allow members to get to know each other and get orientation .
He also complained that some NRM Mps had met earlier to endorse candidates.
Nup’s Medard Sseggona was compelled to ask a few MPs from different political groups to step aside and discuss how to move forward.
Shortly after her return, Aisha Kabanda, the Butambala Woman MP reported that a team of eight MPs had resolved that the voting continues and that positions be distributed across the political divide.
She also stated that it was proposed that NRM takes up the positions of Caucus Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer.
This didnt go down well with the NRM Mps who decided to take the back seat and not front any candidates.
“Let’s withdraw and watch what is happening. But we made that commitment that we will be moving with them and whatever contribution we can make as a way of building a strong Buganda. That’s something we will be very happy to do,”Kiwanuka said.
Butambala County Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi was elected Buganda Parliamentary caucus chairman after sailing through unopposed.
Others who went unopposed are Buikwe South MP, Dr. Lulume Bayiga (DP), Busujju County MP, David Kalwanga (NUP) Treasurer, Ntenjeru South MP (Independent) Patrick Nsanja, General Secretary, Mityana Woman MP, Joyce Bagala (NUP) Publicity Secretary and Mawokota South MP, Yusuf Nsibambi (FDC) Secretary for Mobilisation.
The NRM Mps after revealed that they are still ready and committed to working alongside the currently elected leadership to better Buganda.
Diana Mutasingwa, the Minister of State in charge of the vice president’s office, said that NRM MPs would work with the new Buganda caucus leadership to push issues promoting Buganda.