Ngora – 28 October 2020: The recently instituted national reconciliation committee team of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has failed in its core task in Ngora district.
The team, currently conducting its reconciliation meetings in Teso sub-region has failed to reconcile the Ngora district NRM aspirants due to lack of proper coordination and intrigue from the district party leadership.
According to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who is also the NRM national chairman, each of the 47 cadres have been given not less than three districts to camp in and chair reconciliation meetings aimed at convincing members who have been nominated as Independent candidates to withdraw and support the flag bearers.
But in Ngora, all contenders who had gotten nominated to run as independents were not invited for the meeting.
These included State Minister for Teso Affairs who is currently vying for Kapir County MP under independent and David Abala for Ngora County and Odongo Mike L’Asio for Ngora district LCV chairperson.
Both David Abala and Minister Akiror were not invited and when they tried to access the meeting venue, they were blocked.
However, the meeting went ‘fruitless’ as most of the people who were inside condemned the party’s decision to lock out the aggrieved party members.
Speaking to our Soroti City based reporter, Mr John Michael Okello who’s the Ngora district NRM chairperson, affirmatively said: “I decided not to invite MP David Abala and Minister Akiror because they are no longer members of the party.”
To some, this remark is against the directive from the party national chairman who is quoted to have said the reconciliation approach will help those members of the party nominated as independent candidates to withdraw and support the flag bearers.
Mr John Okello further reveals that there was no way he was going to invite the errant people to come and attend the meeting.
The Ngora RDC, Mr Ambrose Onoria on the contrary, disagreed with Okello’s decision. He said the circular from the President was that all members of the party would be allowed to access the meeting.
“In other districts, even those nominated as independent candidates were allowed to attend the reconciliation meeting,” added RDC Onoria.
While speaking to TND News Reporter, Minister Akiror, however, wondered what kind of leadership NRM in Ngora was showing to the whole country.
Akiror says, the meeting that was conducted wasn’t for reconciliation but rather to further divide the NRM members in the district.
Akiror has called on President Museveni to intervene or else the mess in Ngora will divide his 2021 votes.