NRM welcomes NUP prodigal sons with shs5m only


Jacob Oulanyah speaking to youth who crossed to NRM on Tuesday in Lira City.

The ghetto youth who were led by their leader, Nicholas Mobutu, said they shunned the National Unity Platform and People Power Movement of Bobi Wine because it does not have any clear agenda for the young people.

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Lira—22, December 2020: After describing supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine as foolish, backed by the foreign gay community and promised to wipe them out, NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni seems determined to achieve his notion against all odds.

And if the massive defections across the country are anything to go by, then the latest from Lira City is believable.

“Bobi Wine’s group is non-existent. If there’s any, I will wipe it out completely because for me I work undercover,” Mr. Museveni, 76, said recently while on his campaign trail in the oil-rich Bunyoro/Albertine region.

On Tuesday, over 200 ghetto youth in Lira City officially defected to the National Resistance Movement (NRM). They were received by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, also NRM’s Northern Uganda vice-chairperson, Jacob Oulanyah.

The welcome event took place in Uganda Technical College (UTC) Lira.

“You will recall the story of the prodigal son in the Bible, who asked for a share of his wealth from the father, squandered it, but after realizing his mistake, returned home and his father welcomed him,” Oulanyah said in his opening remarks.

Referring to the ghetto youth as prodigal sons of the ruling NRM, the deputy speaker said the youth were deceived and given false promises by the People Power Movement and said he was glad that they finally saw the light and decided to return to the NRM.

Oulanyah then gifted the coverts with shillings 5m as a token of appreciation for the bold decision that they have taken to shun NUP and its leader, Bobi Wine.

Bobi Wine is among nine other candidates running for presidency to replace Museveni who has been in power since 1986. Should Museveni win the forthcoming elections, he will extend his rule to 40 years.

The deputy speaker also pledged that the NRM party through the government organs would ensure that the ghetto youth benefit from the several government projects to improve their income.

The ghetto youth who were led by their leader, Nicholas Mobutu, said they shunned the National Unity Platform and People Power Movement of Bobi Wine because it does not have any clear agenda for the young people.

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“We have lived a life of hardship and challenges on the street, unfortunately, the People Power where we went to seek refuge has not provided solutions to our predicament and we thought it would be better to work with the government,” Mobutu told Oulanyah.

He, however, appealed to Oulanyah to ensure the release of over 40 street juveniles who were arrested and remanded to government prisons following a riot that ensued during the visit of Bobi Wine while on his campaign in Lira City.

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On that fateful day, Police fired teargas and arrested scores of children living on the streets who were said to be rioting.

Both Lira RDC Milton Odongo, who was equally present, and Jacob Oulanyah promised to fast track the release of the juveniles from prisons.

M7, Wine trade verbal wars

The NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni and NUP principal Bobi Wine have consistently continued to engage in a war of words with president Museveni calling the latter’s supporters foolish or fools.

“We shall not allow criminals to disturb Uganda while we are just watching,” Museveni recently remarked in sheer justification of shootings at rioters following Bobi Wine’s November 18 arrest.

More than 50 people died and several were admitted with serious injuries during the two-day protests, according to police records.

Museveni’s remarks are seemingly a reinforcement of his continued spate of attacks on Bobi Wine’s ‘foreign supporters’ with the president warning in late November 2020, “We are following intelligence and we will sort them out.”

Mr. Museveni also accuses the foreigners of funding illicit acts in Uganda, among which include homosexual activities and drug abuse, especially among the youth on Kampala streets.

Mr. Museveni, who assumed power in 1986 following a five-year guerrilla war-fare, has further used his campaigns, to reiterate that, “nobody will disturb our elections”. “Anybody who will try will fail. We shall crash them.”

Bobi Wine has not left a single attack from the president unanswered, calling him the last dictator Uganda will ever have.

“President Museveni himself said that when you get so old, you damage parts of your body. Museveni is tired, and that is why we the youth want to retire him peacefully. Our supporters are not fools; they want change,” Bobi said.

Ugandans go to the January polls with Mr. Museveni seeking to extend his rule to the fourth decade as Bobi Wine, 38, and 10 other opposition candidates struggle to unseat him in a battle of who takes the presidential Oath of Office 90 days after.

Reporting By Ambrose Okwanga and Frank Oyugi


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