Mbabazi gathers NRM cards in Busoga region
Go Forward team has finally spoken out on hundreds of supporters who recently defected to President Yoweri Museveni’s camp.
At the start of December, a group of about 100 staff at the Go Forward Secretariat led by Ronald Tumwine Ssekitoleko and Idiri Kiiza defected to President Museveni camp.
In a statement, Tumwine said they officially left the TDA/Go Forward Uganda pressure group to re-join the ruling NRM after being misled by Hon. Amama Mbabazi.
They accused him of using them to fight personal wars with Museveni.
Teso region Go Forward team leader, Charles Ojok, said they had already trained over 40,000 vigilantes from Bugisu, Busoga and Teso regions on behalf of Mbabazi to cause chaos in 2016 elections.
However, JPAM Communications Director, Ms Josephine Mayanja Nkangi, says Ssekitoleko and Kiiza were sacked from the secretariat for spying and trying to recruit others Go Forward members to join the enemy camp.
“These gentlemen,” Nkangi said, “have been paid large sums of money by the (competitors) to trade confidential information and have been found to be attempting to recruit our members.”
Go Forward speaks
Addressing press in Kampala on Wednesday, Sadam Gayira, the Go-Forward team Deputy Spokesperson said the decision by the ruling National Resistance Movement party to parade purported defectors from their camp is an act of “desperation”.
He insisted the said defectors were moles planted in their camp by NRM to spy on their campaigns.
Gayira said the defections from their camp contradict earlier claims by NRM that Mbabazi doesn’t have supporters.
“It is a mere stage-managed move to seek media attention,” Gayira who doubles as the spokesperson of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), stated.
He added: “NRM is under pressure to remain relevant in this campaign. They are desperate.”
He said the ruling party started by saying Mbabazi had no supporters save for his wife, Jacqueline and their daughters but were shocked when he garnered crowds at rallies.
“They [NRM] are changing tactics to demoralize his supporters.”
Mbabazi gathers NRM cards
While campaigning in Busoga districts of Iganga, Luuka and Kamuli over the weekend, supporters handed in their NRM membership cards to Mbabazi.
A number of LC-III chairpersons in the region were reported to had agreed to join JPAM camp.
Mbabazi left Iganga on Saturday and entered Kamuli on Sunday where he gathered more NRM cards.