Sleeping NRM MP is better than active opposition MP – Museveni

Sick, sleeping NRM MP is better than active opposition MP – Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has said a sick Member of Parliament (MP) from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party is better than an active opposition MP.

Mr Museveni made the remarks while canvassing for votes for Nathan Igeme Nabeta, the NRM party flag bearer in the Jinja East Constituency by-election slated for tomorrow (Thursday).

He told a rally at Masese/Walukuba Division in Jinja Municipality that even if the NRM MP was sick and sleeping, he/she is still better than a very active Opposition.

President Museveni added: “When an NRM MP is sleeping and it is time for passing a resolution in Parliament, he wakes up and votes for NRM. He can be weak at other issues but when he/she votes government policies, he is putting a brick of peace on our country.”

He said they need enough MPs to support government programs and that’s why you must elect Nabeta not Paul Mwiru (FDC’s flag bearer).

Mr Museveni blamed voters for always letting themselves down during elections by electing wrong/weak candidates.

The Jinja East seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal in Kampala nullified Nabeta’s February 2016 victory on grounds that he connived with the Electoral Commission (EC) to alter results at Danida A-D polling station which put him at an advantage.

Polling is slated for tomorrow (Thursday) across 47 polling stations.

Eight candidates are vying for the seat including; Paul Mwiru (FDC), Nathan Igeme Nabeta (NRM) and Faisal Mayemba, Eng Francis Wakabi, Ms Christine Monica Abuze, Richard Henry Nyanzi, Paul Mugaya and Isabirye Hatim Mugendi – all Independents.