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Youth In Kitgum Campaign Against Amama Mbabazi

The youth marched through the streets of Kitgum town with a large plastic banner titled king of scandals written in capital letters. On the banner, they listed four major financial scandals from which they claimed Amama Mbabazi profiteered while serving as Prime Minister.
NRM Supporters Marching on Kitgum Street With The Anti Mbabazi Banner. They were led by Justus Tugume the National Coordinator of National Youth Coalition for NRM Mobilization.jpg

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A second demonstration against former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi presidential bid has been held in the district of Kitgum by a group of youth claiming to belong to the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM party.

About two hundred youth from Kitgum district and some ferried from Gulu district marched through the streets with placards and banners campaigning against Amama Mbabazi also former NRM secretary general.

One banner labelled presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi as king of scandals. The banner list the Shillings 11 billion Temangalo deal between the National Social Security Fund and Mbabazi in 2008 and the the alleged $13 million bribe from an oil company as some of the scandals.

Mbabazi was however cleared by Parliament probe committees of these allegations.

The youth wore yellow T-Shirts bearing President Yoweri Museveni\'s image.

National Coordinator of Youth Coalition for NRM Mobilization, Justus Tugume was the man behind the campaign that they had disguised as a charity work.  

Clad in a grey suit and a yellow neck tie, Tugume told Uganda Radio Network that the protest was secondary.

When tasked why they carried such a banner in a charity mission, Tugume said actions of presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi denied many young people opportunities to attend education and receive better health care services.

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After marching through the streets undeterred, the youth went and hanged the banners at the gate of Kitgum Hospital for hours as they visited patients in the hospital.

They cleaned the hospital and donated groceries, basins and laundry soap they claimed to have procured with local contributions.

Tugume later contradicted himself by saying that the gathering was to launch a platform to canvass votes for NRM chairman and presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni.

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Raymond Ochan, the outgoing district Youth Council chairperson says they fell out with Mbabazi for disobeying the Kyankwanzi resolution that endorsed Yoweri Museveni as sole candidate for NRM in the 2016 elections.

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Captain Okot Santos Lapolo, Kitgum Resident District Commissioner and other district leaders later joined the youth at Kitgum District Council Hall where he addressed them.

The demonstration is the second against Mbabazi in Northern Uganda since he announced his intention to challenge his longtime ally, President Yoweri Museveni in the 2016 polls.

The first demonstration that received wide condemnation was organized by Aruu MP , Odonga Otto in Kamdini trading center in Oyam District in June.