Yoweri Museveni
Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni

?We are meeting the President tomorrow (today),? Wilfred Niwagaba told the New Vision on Sunday when asked about the progress of the ongoing negotiations.

Museveni first met the four MPs almost a fortnight ago at State House Entebbe on the sidelines of NRM?s Central Executive Committee.

The four MPs ? Theodore Ssekikubo, Niwagaba, Barnabas Tinkasiimire and Muhammad Nsereko ? were booted out of NRM by its disciplinary committee over accusations ranging from shooting down government positions on the floor of parliament to using foul language contrary to the party?s disciplinary code.

Following their expulsion, the four legislators seemed to have crossed the Rubicon and preparing for life either as independent lawmakers or in opposition.

Political pundits however contend that the decision by former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, to through his hat in the ring for the presidency is behind the party?s change of heart about rebel MPs.

Other than allow the four to join Mbabazi?s camp, attempts to bring the four MPs back to the fold is being viewed as a need by the NRM?s top echelon to have a united front ahead of the 2016 polls.

Meanwhile, the deputy chairperson of NRM Electoral Commission, John Kigyagi, has revealed that the four MPs might contest in the impending party primaries despite not being registered members.

NRM recently completed countrywide registration of its members in an attempt to come up with a credible party register to be used in its party primaries. At the time, the four were ?pariahs? following their expulsion.

?The door is not closed on them. If parliament amends the constitution to allow MPs change party affiliation a year to the end of their five-year mandate, and then they will be eligible to contest if readmitted into the party,? Kigyagi told the press during the launch of NRM?s election roadmap.

By Moses Walubiri, The New Vision

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