Alebtong—31, August 2020: National Resistance Movement (NRM) party politicians in Alebtong district have been warned against unlawful recruitments ahead of the party’s primary elections.
This follows alleged reports that some senior politicians are forming youth brigades to protect their votes, and to harm their rivals.
Okwir Isaac, a politician whose political activities have been affected, says “yellow brigade” is being recruited and trained in Ajuri County.
Mr Okwir accuses the Ajuri County MP, Denis Hamson Obua, adding that the MP is behind this criminal development.
Obua is also the Minister of State for Sports.
“Go to Amugu, you will find these people being trained with military doctrines and sadly, there are setting people’s houses on fire,” he allegedly says in an interview.
Mr Okwir, who’s contesting against Minister Obua, claims that houses belonging to over five of his agents have been set on fire.
He identified his aides whose houses have been scorched as: Obua Edris, a one Abdalla of Abako, Okwir Justin, Alip Daniel and the Owalo parish LC2 chairperson’s house.
The Alebtong acting RDC, Mr Okongo Allan Stephen says “this is a family election, we don’t want any form of violence.”
He emphasised that security agencies and his office are following up the “matter closely”.
Mr Okongo identifies Amugu sub-county (Ajuri County), Apala sub-county (Moroto County) and Alebtong Town Council as bases for these alleged youth brigades.
“When we arrest you, you will face the law as individuals,” he tells the youth who have allowed to be lured.
Asked who’s behind the recruitment, the RDC said: “I have first put it as a prophylaxis” so that whoever is involved in doing that thing should desist from it.
Minister (MP) Denis Hamson Obua did not respond to our repeated phone calls for comments.