NRM youth leaders who lost elections in the party primaries have crossed to Go Forward camp.
Notable of the defectors is Richard Abala Richard who lost the race for Northern Uganda Youth MP.
Abala lost to Oscar Omony, now the party’s flag-bearer for the northern Uganda youth MP.
Oscar is as to a one army Brigadier Otema.
Abala resolved to defect to JPAM camp after citing a flawed electoral process.
Mbabazi has now fronted him [Abala] as an independent candidate on Go Forward ticket.
Abala is a former vice chairman National Youth Council.
He was a guild president at Makerere Unviesrity Business School [Mubs], a head boy Ntare School and St Mary’s Seminary Kisubi.
He hails from Karamoja.
Other youth leaders who crossed to Mbabazi camp include; Richard Odai who had contested for chairman NRM Youth League, Eng. Badru Musinguzi, Kassim Kamugisha, Arthur Katongole who stood for Central Youth MP and Denis Akampurira who contested for Western Region youth MP.
Akampurira was defeated by the not-well known Mwine Mpaka, son to minister for Animal Industry, Bright Rwamirama.
NRM electoral commission announced that it had cancelled youth elections over voter bribery and fictitious candidates.
In a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, NRM deputy electoral commission boss, John Arimpa Kyigyagi, cited several anomalies including elections starting as late as 1:00am, several incidences of open voter bribery and lack of clear registers for the delegates.
Kyigyagi also cited fictitious candidates, delegates form several districts not given opportunity to cast their vote etc.
“…that characterised the whole electoral process of the Youth elections during the last concluded delegates conference,” Kyigyagi wrote to Kayihura.
“We as the electoral commission have looked into the matter as raised by the several youth leaders across the country and unanimously agreed to have a fresh election on November 8, 2015 at Namboole stadium starting from 9 am.”
However, the re-election never took place.
Instead, President Yoweri Museveni has been meeting and talking to all losers in the youth elections.
“They all agreed to support Mbabazi quietly though they pretend to support Museveni,” one of the youth leaders told us.