Strict Guidelines Issued for NRM retreat at Kyamkwazi
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party has released strict guidelines for the incoming legislators’ retreat, scheduled for today at Kyankwazi National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi district.
Over 300 recently elected legislators of the 11th Parliament, yesterday turned up at Kololo independence grounds for a mandatory COVID-19 test.
Todwong revealed that the results will be released today before members set off for the retreat.
The retreat which begins today is restricted for visitors at the facility until the retreat is done.
Any participant that checks in will not be allowed to leave until three weeks have been completed.
Lactating mothers are not allowed to attend the retreat, because of lack of breastfeeding facilities at NALI according to The NRM deputy secretary general Richard Todwong.
“We also want to protect the babies and their mothers against any health infections, including COVID-19.” He said.
The use of mobile telephones and other communication gadgets is prohibited during the day. Making telephone calls will be allowed only in the late evening and at night.
All participants will be required to wear uniforms (two pairs of green army uniforms, two pairs of gumboots and a cap).
The party yesterday confirmed that the three-week retreat that will be held from April 7 to 29 is expected to attract 243 elected MPs-200 directly elected MPs on the NRM ticket and 43 party-leaning independents.
Also invited are the 27 members of the party’s central executive committee and the six members of the East African Legislative Assembly.
The party has also invited all recently elected independent MPs regardless of political affiliation.
Twong said due to the tight parliamentary schedule, the incumbent NRM 137 MPs and the 18 independents who are NRM-leaning, will not attend the retreat.
The retreat has the core objective of ideologically re-orienting the Mps to enable them to refocus on the socio-economic transformation of Uganda within the broader context of the survival of the African race, given the current global pressures and challenges.