400 stranded as NRM splashes Shs10bn at Namboole  


NRM offices on Plot 10 Kyadondo Road in Nakasero.

More than 400 NRM supporters are currently stranded at the party head offices in Kyadondo with nowhere to go and no money to take them anywhere.

The delegates who haven’t been paid their facilitation have decided to lay camp at the party headquarters until their grievances are heard and addressed.

Today, Daily Monitor reported that the ruling party had injected a lumpsum Shs10.5b to host delegates at Namboole stadium where their delegates conference just ended this evening.

Each of 22,000 delegates, according to the NRM Deputy secretary general Richard Todwong, was paid Shs 500,000 to facilitate their needs including accommodation.

The money was released at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds during the delegates accreditation process.

Now stranded

The delegates say they were earlier promised Shs 500, 000 for transportation but have not received anything yet.

They accused the NRM Deputy National Treasurer, Dr Kenneth Omona, of promising them hot air only to abandon them in the hour of need to sleep on streets, cold and hungry.

Doreen Bambu, the NRM Vice Chairperson Kasese district, told Monitor that when they petitioned speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, also the second NRM national vice chairperson, she told them to go to the party headquarters.

NRM disowns them

Angry and desperate, the delegates raided the office of the party Secretary General, Justine Lumumba, and laid siege.

Police moved swiftly and contained them.

NRM leaders told police that they [stranded members] were not actually “genuine party members”, yet, points out Bambu, they were allowed to attend the conference and even vote for their leaders.

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