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‘I repeat, Uganda is not a Monarchy’- ONC Namyalo tells off critics, insists Museveni on the ballot come 2026

SPA/PA Hajjat Hadijah Namyalo, the Manager of President Museveni's Office of the National Chairman (ONC) addressing the media at their office at Kyambogo, on Wednesday March 06, 2024 (Photo/ONC Media)

Kampala, (UG):- The Manager of the Office of the National Chairman of NRM (ONC), Hajjat Hadijah Namyalo Uzeiye has re-affirmed that Uganda is not a monarchy where leadership is passed on through inheritance in the familial lines but rather a democratic state for which power is assumed through election.

Ms Namyalo, who also doubles as President Museveni’s Senior Political Advisor was responding to critics from several pressure groups over the comments she made last week on the sidelines of the event where President Museveni was launching the Registration Update of the NRM Members at the Party Secretariat in Kampala.

Quoted by the media in a short clip, Namyalo who is at the forefront of President Museveni’ as the NRM candidate’s candidature in the forthcoming 2026 elections emphasized thus; “Museveni is still on the ballot. For those who thought he is not going to seek re-election, I challenge you that power cannot be inherited. These are not monarchy issues that one has to get ready to inherit power. Power cannot be inherited here.”

Responding to critics at a press briefing at the Kyambogo-based offices on Wednesday afternoon, Hajjat Namyalo reiterated that her comments were made out of a sober mind and maintained that Uganda is indeed not a Monarchy, but rather a democratic state which follows democracy at all levels of leadership.

“I still maintain what I said, and I repeat it, Uganda is not a Monarchy, Uganda is a democratic state, a sovereign state that gives powers to its people to vote for their rightful leader or the president, it’s not forced,” Hajjat Namyalo said.

The ONC boss noted that President Museveni and his team fought for the peace and freedom that Uganda has today. Therefore, the country cannot go back to the wars we have already put behind us.

“That is a signal that shows that H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa brought peace and freedom. We have the right and freedom to choose who to represent us either in Parliament, LCs, councillors and all levels up to the Presidency, ” she stressed.

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Commenting about the forthcoming NRM Party Register Update, Ms Namyalo emphasized that the fact that President Museveni presided over the launch of the exercise last week signals his coming back on the ballot in 2026 and therefore all the diversionary tricks from aimless groups won’t be entertained.

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“By registering or updating the launch of the register, is a signal showing that he is on the ballot. If other people are saying that he is not coming back, so he was launching the update of the register for who?” Namyalo wondered.

The ONC Boss, therefore, urged the public and supporters of the ruling NRM party to participate in the update of their details in the NRM Yellow Book, an exercise which is set to kick off next week on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, ending on Sunday, March 17, 2024.

“…I call upon all Ugandans who still believe that H.E can do good and they still need more of his security, peace, the social economic empowerment,…let us parade at our respective villages starting from next week to register for membership in our NRM Register,” she emphasized.

“For a proper register and proper leadership, we have to do things legally. So by registering, it will give us the mandate to choose those other stakeholders, from village to president.”

Ahead of the International Women’s Day Celebrations due this Friday, March 08, in Katakwi District, Ms Namyalo in her message urged the women to work hard and get their families out of poverty.

“Let’s all stop thinking that it’s men to work for these families, women are capable enough. So let’s use money from the government empowerment programs to start-up businesses and boost the well-being of our people,” noted Namyalo.

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To boost their efforts towards being self-reliant, Namyalo said her office has already dispatched vehicles full of empowerment tools to Katakwi district where this year’s event is going to be held.

“In our ongoing empowerment initiative, my team has already landed in Katakwi where we are going to empower thousands of Bazzukulu with tools that can help them kick poverty out of their families,” Namyalo emphasized.

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