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Over 100 NUP Supporters Cross to NRM in Omoro

The converts claim that they initially welcomed the opposition in the hopes of seeing change, but that they have not benefited in any way, so they decided to join the ruling party in the hopes of receiving assistance.

Richard Todwong, the Secretary-General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), received over 100 youth converts in Omoro district on Friday, citing growing intrigue among their leaders and a lack of clear plans for them and the country as reasons for leaving the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP).

The converts claim that they initially welcomed the opposition in the hopes of seeing change, but that they have not benefited in any way, so they decided to join the ruling party in the hopes of receiving assistance.

Okello One of the converts, Jacob Henry, urged NRM leaders to remember and appreciate those who sacrifice and mobilize at all costs to help President Museveni and the party win.

“We request that after we have completed our mobilization for the president, youth be remembered and appreciated for their good work,” Okello pleaded.

Todwong greeted the new members and praised the youths for joining the NRM, which he described as progressive and committed to bringing the population out of poverty and into socioeconomic transformation.

“We’re saving you from bad people.” Do not join groups like NUP that are out to deceive you. The government is here to assist our citizens in escaping poverty. However, if you stay in opposition, you might miss out on government programs,” Todwong warned.

He also stated that the ruling party has identified issues affecting youth as well as systems in place to address issues such as unemployment and limited job skills.

Hon Rosemary Seninde, the Director for Mobilisation, Recruitment, and Cadre Development, welcomed the youths into the NRM family and encouraged them to take advantage of government programs that can help them improve their household incomes.

Hon. Emmanuel Dombo, Director of Communication, accused opposition leaders of deceiving their constituents by lying to them on a regular basis and deliberately misleading them for their own gain, rather than informing them about available government programs aimed at improving their lives.

“You vote for opposition leaders who lie to you and go to parliament to earn salaries.” Mr Dombo advised, “Work with the administration and endeavor to improve your lives and communities.”

Hajat Medina Naham, the party’s Director of Finance and Administration, informed the group that the party would establish channels of communication to keep in touch with them and offer them with aid to help them come out of poverty.

NRM candidate Andrew Ojok Oulanyah and secretariat officials led by Hon. Emmanuel Dombo and Hajat Medina Naham visited Lalogi HCIV in Lalogi sub-county earlier in the morning to check on a 9-month-old baby who was injured by teargas fired by police to disperse NUP leaders and supporters who were campaigning in Acet town council past the 6pm campaign deadline.
The baby is currently in a stable state, according to Hon. Dombo, because she responded rapidly to therapy.

Dombo also chastised what he called “poor politics” when politicians seek pity after discovering they lack popular support.

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