The longtime political standoff between Jinja youthful legislators Igeme Nabeta (Jinja East) and Moses Balyeku (Jinja West) was yesterday been brought to an end during the NRM leaders' meeting presided over by the National Party Chairman and President Rtd. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the Civil Service College in Jinja Municipality.
The NRM party chairman who rooted for party cohesion, was in Jinja to meet members of Jinja East Constituency Conference attended by over 1500 delegates drawn from different administrative units.
“Unity also means we forgive and reconcile. If someone says I am born again, do not insist on the fact that you saw him in a shrine previously. That belongs to the past. It is why even after we defeated the Amin, Obote and Okello regimes, we incorporated their soldiers into our army.” President Museveni said.
The President expressed gratitude over the decision by leaders of the party's district branch to put aside their differences and work together towards uplifting both the party and the country. He also warned party members against escalating conflicts amongst themselves but instead work towards unity.
“Politics is not a joke neither is it drama. Politics is about solving people's problems. That is why the NRM is different from UPC or DP or Kabaka Yeka parties, that were founded on sectarian grounds. Ours is a message of unity. People should rally around ideas/issues and not personalities.” He stressed.
Prior to his speech, members hinted on the existing conflict between the two leaders provoking the Party Chairman to ask Balyeku explain his position against Nabeta who is headed for a by-election on March 15.
"From now Your Excellency, I pledge my commitment to Hon Nabeta and the people of Jinja East and I shall stand by my word", an apologetic Balyeku stated.
He added, "Being in Parliament with Hon Nabeta is more profitable to the people of Jinja than having Mwiru.... Hon Igeme, we are now brothers in both action and words. We shall score in the same goal and from now, judge me by results".
Balyeku was also quick to call upon his followers to join him in the campaigns to return Nabeta to Parliament. " I also take this opportunity to apologise to the people of Jinja East Constituency..... Forgive me for all the wrong I have committed against you", a visibly apologetic Balyeku said.
The two later posed for a group photo with the National Chairman who congratulated the duo for burying their differences and accepted to work together. He said the two were still loyal party members and both voted for the amendment! of Article 102(b).
Earlier on, Nabeta hailed the party leadership for the overwhelming support so far showed to him. He also apologised to whoever he had ever annoyed and promised better working relationship.
The meeting was also attended and addressed by several political leaders including the NRM Secretary General Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba and the regional Chairperson Hon Mike Mukula among others.