By Ben Musanje
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of Democratic Party (DP) has suspended the Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze Bakireke from her position as party’s Buganda Vice President.
In a closed door meeting held at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Ndeeba Kampala, the motion to suspend Nambooze has been moved by the DP Youth Vice Chairman Paul Sembajjwe and seconded by youths league Secretary General Ritah Nakyanzi.
Just after the meeting, the DP vice Spokesperson Waiswa Mufumbira told the media that Namboze had been suspended for 3 months and a committee has been instituted to investigate her conduct. However, Mufumbira didn’t reveal the members on the investigation committee.
Mufumbira further confirmed that among the 30 NEC members who attended the meeting 22 supported the motion for her suspension, 4 walked out of the meeting, one objected the motion while 3 abstained from voting.
The 4 who moved out including Makindye Mayor Ali Mulyanyama, DP Spokesperson Kenneth Paul Kakande, Sam Muyizi and another said the motion to suspend her was unfair since she wasn’t given a chance for a fair hearing.
The meeting was held in Nambooze’s absence despite Mufimbiro revealing that Nambooze was duly invited for the meeting but didn’t communicate why she was absent.
Meanwhile, the DP President General Norbert Mao explained that Nambooze has a room for appealing against NEC’s decision as the party’s constitution stipulates.
It should be remembered that Nambooze was elected to the position in 2015 during the party’s Delegates Conference in Katoomi after the party leadership pleaded with members that were contesting for the position to step down in the spirit of reconciliation.