Dont’ Send Jobless People To EALA, M7
President Yoweri Museveni has warned his ruling National Resistance Movement Members of Parliament against voting “jobless people” to the East African Legislative Assembly.
He says the region instead needs people who understand and will fast track integration.
The President, who is also the Chairperson of the ruling party, was speaking to the NRM Parliamentary caucus members at state house Entebbe shortly before choosing candidates they will be presenting to Parliament for elections to the East African Legislative Assembly.
He has also urged successful candidates to enforce the merger of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the East African Community in matters of trade, but quickly added that integrating politically beyond the East African Community member states would “create problems.
Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa says 38 out of the 43 candidates will be considered after the rest pulled out.
Candidates and their agents were seen doing intense lobbying, with others chanting names of their preferred contestants during the President’s communication.
Meanwhile, Parliament has postponed today’s plenary sitting.
A communication from the office of the clerk to parliament copied to all members indicates that the plenary has been postponed to tomorrow 2:00pm.
Although there is no reason given for the postponement, it comes after members of the ruling party NRM who form majority of the house traveled for a caucus meeting at statehouse Entebbe.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, the Democratic Party criticized president Museveni for his decision to host the NRM EALA primaries at the State House Entebbe, describing it as abuse of office and government resources.
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters this morning, the party Secretary General, Gerald Siranda claims more than Shs 1.5billion will be spent on facilitating MPs and catering for the day’s activities.
He says such money should have been used to help hunger stricken districts where people are dying of starvation.