Acire, who didn`t specify the amount of money needed by each person, said that the party chairpersons arrived as early as 7:00 am at the meeting venue but were delayed by Olak who came almost at 6:00 pm. Through Acire the party chairpersons asked Olak for a transport refund noting that they come from distant places and could neither use their monies nor walk back.
The party through its Chief Mobilizer and Head of Campaign for Acholi Sub Region Bosco Odoch Olak has been gathering hundreds of NRM party candidates, chairpersons, supporters and officials to witness the campaign strategy launch and solicit votes for incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and NRM candidates.
The latest defections include Tonny Olanya Olenge, the NUP`s Acholi Sub Regional Coordinator and head of the mobilization, Kennedy Otim the NUP Coordinator for Gulu City, Robinson Rachkara the NUP`s party Administrator for the Northern Region and contestant for Laroo-Pece Division.
At the display of the register on Friday, the aspirants expressed concern about some candidates who used their influence to include names of non-party members in the register while genuine members were scrapped.
The NRM party Returning Officer for Gulu District George Ebola told Uganda Radio Network - URN that this is a requirement for every candidate before picking a nomination form. Ebola asserted that no candidate will be allowed to pick a nomination form before presenting their COVID-19 test results.