They denounced their allegiance to the NUP, handed over their party cards to leadership of the ruling party through Bosco Odoch Olak, the Head of NRM Campaign and Mobilization for Northern Uganda.
Bosco Odoch Olak welcoming the NUP defectors from Paicho Sub County in Gulu district. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara
More than 500 supporters of the National Unity Platform in
Acholi and Lango Sub Region have defected to the National Resistance Movement
(NRM) party this week alone.
The defectors are from Nwoya, Amuru, Gulu, Pader and Kitgum
districts in Acholi Sub region and Lira City.
They denounced their allegiance to the NUP, handed over
their party cards to leadership of the ruling party through Bosco Odoch Olak,
the Head of NRM Campaign and Mobilization for Northern Uganda.
In Lira City alone, 170 of the NUP supporters joined the NRM party
at Big Wallet Hotel. Defectors from Amuru were 65, Kitgum 38, Pader 50, and 120 from Nwoya
Key among the defectors are, Tonny Olanya Olenge the former
NUP coordinator for Acholi Sub Region, Bosco Ocira Lawino alias Snoopy the
former NUP head of mobilization for Nwoya, Robinson Rachkara the former NUP
party registrar for Acholi Sub Region, Denis Owiny the former NUP Chairperson
for Lira City and Winnie Ekwam the NUP Women Coordinator for Lango Sub Region.
The defectors accused their former party leaders of
tribalism, corruption, violence and unfairness.
For instance, Rachkara Robinson told URN on Thursday
afternoon while announcing his defection from Paicho Sub County in Gulu
district that the NUP has only recruited people from the West Nile and Central
Regions to head the Acholi Sub Regional Office leaving out the indigenous
Lawino who was the head of mobilization for NUP in Nwoya
district also accused his former party of embezzling over fifty-three million
shillings for nomination of candidates and printing campaign posters. But Lawino did not say whose money the 53 million that NUP embezzled was.
Winnie Ekwam, the NUP`s head of women affair for Lango Sub
Region equally attacked NUP for unfairly representing the women and youths in
their affairs but instead mobilizing them to indulge in violence.
The defectors who pledged 100% support and mobilization for
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the NRM party in the forthcoming general
elections have also demanded of the NRM party to create more jobs, enhance
security, offer vocational skills training and ensure peace in the forthcoming
Bosco Odoch Olak, the NRM Head of Campaign Mobilization for
Northern Uganda said during an interview that the defectors will be deployed
alongside the party chairpersons to boost the door to door campaign strategy.
But Samuel Obedgiu, the Acholi Regional Coordinator for NUP
said that they are not scared of the defectors, saying that those are money
However, when asked by URN on Friday morning during a phone
interview why the NUP party supporters are defecting to the NRM and allegations
and its impacts on the 2021 general elections, NUP spokesman Joel Ssenyonyi hang up his
call and neither called back nor answered this reporter's subsequent phone calls.
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