A meeting between the ruling party lawmakers and their chairman Gen. Yoweri Museveni which took place yesterday at Kololo grounds ignited tension as MPs became insubordinate.
They stood their ground and assured their leader how coffee agreement between an investor Enrica Pinetti and Ministry of Finance was a bad deal for the country and if implemented, would have dire consequences on their party and could be the beginning of the downfall of the regime.
The furious MPs further warned the President and threatened to quit his movement should he insist on awarding the contract to Uganda Vinci Coffee Company owned by Pinetti.
Museveni who attempted to convince the MPs and justify why Pinetti was awarded the contract, was startled to learn that it was business unusual as legislators turned unruly and began heckling him, prompting the bush war hero to rescind his earlier suggestions.
These NRM MPs further told Museveni that should he insist on imposing the toxic deal to Ugandans, he should forget a reelection in 2026.
It remains unknown if Museveni is interested in a seeking another political term.
Museveni summoned the NRM caucus to discuss among others; skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, the coffee agreement, etc.
The MPs demanded that the bad deal is returned to Finance Ministry and comprehensively reviewed.
In some of the clauses in the agreement, Vinci Coffee was given monopoly to deal with the country’s chief export.
Reports indicate that MPs who took the vanguard to tell off Museveni are Sarah Opendi, Suzan Amero and other.
At some point, the President halted the address, stood in awe and kept silenced as legislators grumbled.
It took the intervention of Premier Rt Hon Robinah Nabanja who apologized to the supremo over the uncouth behavior of the lawmakers.
The MPs reasoned that once they allow the bad deal, their political career would come to an end and they were not ready to do that.
The caucus resolved that the agreement is revisited and all poisonous clauses amended and views of other stakeholders incorporated in the agreement.
MPs from Eastern Uganda cautioned Museveni that the agreement would result into an implosion within the regime.