The decision by a section of young leaders of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to endorse President Museveni as a candidate for the 2026 presidential elections has sparked disagreements in the northern region, with some members asking him to take a break during his current five-year term. term ends.
On Tuesday, a group of around 700 NRM youths gathered in Lira City and declared their support for Mr Museveni.
The group allied to the office of the National Chairman of the NRM and the coordinator of Bazzulu Ba Museveni, Ms. Hadijah Namyalo Uzeiye, said that Mr. Museveni is still able to lead the country.
Led by Mr. George Abudul, the NRM Youth Chairperson of Lira District who is also Resident Commissioner of Apac District (DRC) read out the achievements of President Museveni.
They praised their leader for promoting peace, professionalizing the military, championing youth-led interventions, discovering oil and pushing for regional integration in the East African Community.
The young leaders signed a joint petition addressed to Ms Namyalo in which they described Mr Museveni as their candidate for 2026 and called on all other party bodies to support the slogan “Jajja Omalako Tova Ku Main”.
“Our position is clear and we ask our colleagues with dissenting views to reconsider their position on the matter,” Mr Abdul said.
“The President is not tired and has met the expectations of impartial Ugandans. We have peace, the economy has challenges but it is stable and strong. He has built the foundation of the state. Poverty, unemployment , corruption and other outstanding issues are being addressed,” he added.
Mr. Achile Twaibu, the NRM regional vice-president for the northern region, Mr. Sebastian Oguti Oswin (the assistant dean of the RDCs) and Mr. Nicholas Nuwagira, the NRM regional vice-president for youth for the northern region. West, which is also the RDC of Buhweju, attended the approval ceremony. .
However, some youth leaders accused their colleagues of greed and threatened to join the National Unity Platform (NUP) party led by former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine.
The group also condemned what they called the “insensitivity” of NRM leaders in pushing for Museveni’s candidacy in 2026 without regard to “young blood” and other ruling party actors.
Young dissident leaders, who preferred anonymity, demanded a free and fair contest for the party flag and the freedom to choose their leaders without pressure.
They also asked party leaders to focus on the economy, unemployment, land evictions and the implementation of the NRM manifesto 2021-2026.
Mr. Patrick Rolex Akena Ogwal, the former adviser to Oyam LC5, advised the President to take a break from elective politics.
“These people claiming to be young, some of them are 45. So they’re impersonating something that could be from the president. This group doesn’t appreciate it and they can’t recognize what the president has done for this country… that’s why they can’t allow him to rest,” Mr. Akena said.
“If President Museveni is to be called by God, who is going to lead them since they think only Mr. Museveni can lead them?” he wondered.
Mr. Felix Adupa Ongwech, President of Transformers Cadre Association Uganda, said young people should stop doing politics but engage in productive activities.
“It’s raining and as such they should go back to their farms to dig, not go to small hotels and they start screaming and then go home hungry,” he said.
Mr. Adupa added, “There is a wide range of issues that young Ugandans should be looking at rather than playing politics. Why the rush? We are waiting for the Central Executive Committee (CEC) to give us their opinion on these matters as Mr. Museveni as the sole candidate for 2026, and even the NRM Election Commission has not said anything yet.
When contacted yesterday, Ms Namyalo dismissed anti-Museveni sentiments within the ruling NRM party as ‘narrow-minded’ and advised them to focus on the bigger picture.
She described emerging divisions within her Bazzulu Ba Museveni camp as “imaginary” and spoke of infiltration by other opposition groups.
“We don’t have disagreements in our camp, people asking the president to take a break are confused. They don’t even know that the ultimate goal of any serious political party is to stay in power,” Ms. Namyalo said.
“As NRM, our champion is President Museveni and people support him because of his incomparable leadership credentials…. People who tell lies that we are divided are just afraid of President Museveni. We also have information that some greedy people may be working with opposition elements to divert our attention, but they are wasting time,” she added.
Ms Namyalo also said she would consider dissenting claims.
“But I don’t think we have a problem in northern Uganda. We have an internal democracy and people are free to disagree as long as the minority respects the decision of the majority. Youth from Acholi, Lango and Karamoja sub-regions have spoken in unison and their position on the issue is clear, they want President Museveni to be their candidate in 2026,” she said.
NRM General Secretary Mr Richard Todwong has since advised those involved in the early campaigns to focus on improving service delivery.
The push for President Museveni’s seventh elective term has since sparked a rumbling battle of words between party leaders and opposition politicians who accuse the architects of the ‘Jajja Omalako Tova Ku Main’ mantra of distracting Ugandans from important issues. from the country.