MBARARA NRM LEADERS CLASH OVER MUSEVENI’S 2026 PRESIDENTIAL BID
By Aggrey Twesigye
A decision by a section of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders to endorse President Museveni as their candidate in the 2026 presidential elections has sparked disagreements in Mbarara city.
Some members have asked he takes a break when his current five-year term ends while others want him for another term.
On Friday, a group of about 700 NRM supporters assembled in Mbarara city and declared their support for Museveni.
The group allied to the Office of the Mbarara Resident City Commissioner and the minister for Presidency Milly Babalanda, said Museveni is still able to lead the country.
Led by Wilson Tumwine , the NRM chairperson of Mbarara City and Lt.Col .James Mwesigye the Mbarara Resident city Commissioner , they read out President Museveni’s achievements.
However, some leaders led by Polly Katwire the Mbarara City NRM Secretary General accused their colleagues of greed and noted that the ongoing endorsements are illegal.
Katwire also condemned what he called “hard heartedness “of NRM leaders pushing for Museveni’s 2026 bid without the regard of the young blood and other players in the ruling party.
Katwire has since advised those involved in 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 “Jajja Omalako Tova Ku Main “mantra of diverting Ugandans from important issues in the country.