The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) claims to have received 1,478 members of the opposition Uganda People’s Congress in Oyam district.
“1,478 residents of Oyam district have today defected to the Mighty NRM,” the party said in a tweet on their official @NRMOnline twitter handle.
The tweet was followed by pictures of UPC and FDC party cards and residents donning yellow, the colour of NRM.
The group led by District Speaker Mr Dila Benson, surrendered their party cards to NRM Deputy Treasurer Dr Kenneth Omona.
Dr Omona assured the people of Lango that the NRM government will continue supporting their local initiatives.
While we verify the claim that these were defectors from UPC, URN reports that the oldest party two days back, lost Dr. Godfrey Egwau, the UPC party vice chairperson for North and North East Uganda who defected to the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC.
General Mugisha Muntu, the Forum for Democratic Change president received Egwau was on Wednesday at Soroti Independence grounds.
Muntu was in Soroti to campaign for his election as FDC presidential candidate.
Shortly after announcing his defection, Egwau displayed his new FDC party registration card to hundreds of party members.
While receiving Engwau, Muntu said he feels happy when opposition members switch from one opposition party to another instead of going to the ruling National Resistance Movement party.
As this is not bad already, UPC party accounts in Orient Bank are only open for deposits but not withdrawals.
The action follows contradicting correspondences to the bank from the two warring factions within the party both instructing the bank managers not to honour transactions from either side.
On June 8th 2015, Patrick Mwondha, writing as the chairperson of the transitional committee instructed Orient Bank to halt transactions pending a change of leadership in UPC.
Mwonda belongs to a UPC faction led by Lira Municipality MP Jimmy Akena.
Subsequently, Peter Walubiri Mukidi, the National Treasurer wrote back instructing the bank to disregard the Mwonda request saying that elections for the party president had not yet been organized yet.
Walubiri is the signatory to the account alongside David Baliraine and Jacinto Ogwal, the party Secretary General.
They all belong to the camp led by UPC President Olara Otunnu.
The party continues to be divided into two factions led by Otunnu and Akena respectively.