Three key issues as Museveni calls for ‘crisis meeting’ Thursday

(Last Updated On: 9 April 2024)

The national chairman of the ruling NRM party also President of the country, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called for a ‘crisis meeting’ on Thursday, April 10.

The meeting, tndNews understands will discuss three key issues affecting the party and the entire government.

A reliable source told this publication the main issues for discussion during the meeting of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) are the recent suit against the party and eight others, a report regarding the registration of NRM membership in March and the pressure mounted by tech company Soliton Telmec Limited.

Soliton is threatening to shut down the government’s e-services over substantial arrears since 2019. However, their economic anger grew recently after the government failed to pay them for three-quarters of the shs67.4b it owed the tech company.

Also read: Govt establishments Soliton Telmec wants to shut down over US$17.6m arrears 

“The meeting will take place at State House Entebbe and one of the issues – court case against the party and CEC members will be discussed,” a source told tndNews on Monday.

Last month, Daniel Obal, a member of the ruling party and senior presidential advisor on youth affairs, dragged his party and some CEC members to the High Court in Kampala on various illegalities.

Through his legal counsel, the plaintiff, among others, wants the defendants to vacate their positions in CEC, on top of refunding to the party all the emoluments enjoyed since their term expired.

Obal, Muhwezi, Tanga; Wanyoto and others will battle in court/File photo.

On Tuesday, Charles Egou Engwau, Senior Administrator and Executive Assistant to the NRM Secretary-General Richard Todwong spoke to tndNews.

Engwau confirmed the Thursday meeting but refused it’s not a ‘crisis meeting’. “No, no, no. The meeting of the President is the scheduled meeting of the Central Executive Committee. Yeah, what do you do when you are sued? You defend yourself if you think you have a case,” Egou said.

“Since we have been sued by a party member we are exploring ways of dealing with the grievances outside the court. And since the matter is already in the court I can’t discuss the merit otherwise we will all be in contempt of court.

“Yes, we have filed our defence and since the person who sued is a member of the party the avenue is available for us to discuss with him and if we can solve those grievances without involving the court, that is better.”

Also read: Date fixed for hearing Obal’s suit against NRM CEC members

Asked to emphasize the Thursday meeting, Engwau said, “The purpose of the meeting is to receive the report of the Secretary-General in respect to the recently concluded update of the members’ register.

“That exercise has been important and it’s a precursor to us holding elections…. So that is the purpose of the meeting,” he added.

Attempts to reach Obal on Tuesday to know if he’s ready for the out-of-court talks with the party and defendants were unsuccessful.

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