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NRM Official Rejects Pressure to Install Gen Muhoozi


Hajjat Uzeiye Hadijah Namyalo
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Hajjat Uzeiye Hadijah Namyalo, the Head of the Office of the National Chairman (ONC) in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, has cautioned against imposing candidates on Ugandans, emphasizing the importance of democratic processes in choosing the country’s leaders. Speaking at her office in Kyambogo, Kampala, Namyalo underscored that Uganda is a sovereign state where leadership should be determined through free and fair elections rather than coercion from select groups.

Addressing journalists, Namyalo denounced attempts by certain political entities, which she did not explicitly name, to push for specific candidates, stating, “Uganda is not a monarchy; it’s a country where leaders should be elected by the people, not forced upon them by selfish individuals.”

She further emphasized the urgency for Ugandans to focus on socioeconomic development and poverty alleviation, rather than being distracted by political maneuvering. Referring to citizens as “Bazzukulu” (grandchildren), Namyalo urged politicians to desist from diverting attention away from crucial developmental agendas.

Namyalo’s remarks coincided with ongoing speculation regarding the potential candidacy of Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the First Son and Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Duties, for the presidential elections in 2026. Gen Muhoozi also leads the Patriotic League of Uganda, a political pressure group reportedly advocating for his ascension to the presidency.

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The NRM official’s statement signals a broader concern within the party about the transparency and integrity of the electoral process. By advocating for democratic principles, Namyalo seeks to uphold the rights of Ugandan citizens to choose their leaders freely, without undue influence or coercion.

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While Namyalo did not directly reference Gen Muhoozi or the Patriotic League of Uganda in her address, her warning against political imposition resonates amidst growing speculation and discourse surrounding potential leadership transitions within Uganda’s political landscape. As the country prepares for the upcoming elections, the debate over candidate selection and the integrity of the electoral process is likely to remain a central issue of contention and debate.

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