FDC Leaders in Karamoja Defect to NRM Ahead of Besigye's Visit

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party has suffered yet another blow, through the defection of its top party leader for Karamoja, to rival NRM party.
John Akore Jokotau, the FDC Coordinator for Kotido, Kaabong and Abim district last evening crossed over to the NRM party.
Akore crossed over to the NRM party together with the entire district executive of FDC in Kotido. The defectors include, Anna Rose Ajong, Kosai Mike, Charleston Koding, Betty Lomongin, Peter Lokol and Achila John Paul.
The group was received by Amama Mbabazi, the NRM Secretary General, during the party meeting held at Comboni Secondary School in Kotido town.
Akore who was first in NRM before joining FDC, claimed he returned back because the government has fulfilled what had forced him out of NRM. He claimed he left NRM in 2006, having felt that government was persecuting Karamojong leaders by arresting people like Brigadiers Andrew Guti, Nakibus Lakara and dropping David Pulkol from heading External Security Organization.
He explained he crossed back to the movement because the two Brigadiers have since been re-instated and promoted.
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Akore, however stunned the NRM party officials when he stated that he was grudgingly returning to the party that has leaders who are stealing money from the public coffers.
Earlier, Akore told URN that NRM leaders were coercing him to join their party to disorganize Kiiza Besigye's visit to the sub-region which is slated for this Saturday.
Mbabazi claimed that FDC is comprised of disgruntled former NRM party members who are merely protesting without giving alternative policies to solve the problems facing the country.
The defection in Karamoja, follows that of FDC National Chairperson, John Butime, who also defected to NRM party.
But Alice Alaso, the FDC Secretary General, says the party is not shaken by the defection of self seekers. She says NRM is using money and intimidation to coerce FDC leaders to join their camp.
Alaso claimed that several FDC village leaders in Karamoja were yesterday arrested for mobilizing people in preparation for Kiiza Besigye's tour in the sub-region.
The claim could not be independently verified.