NRM IN TROUBLE As Youth Leaders Blocked From Patriotism Training
Feb. 21, 2020
Citing Daily Monitor Report, At least 200 National Resistance Movement (NRM) youth supporters and leaders have accused the Office of Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mbale District of deleting their names from the list of participants to attend the ongoing patriotism training over their divergent political views.
The seven-day ideological training which was organised by the office of the President in conjunction with Ministry of Finance started on Monday.
The training happening at Nyondo Core Primary Teachers College in Nyondo Sub-county, Mbale District has attracted about 1,500 youth leaders from all districts within Bugisu Sub-region.
The chairperson of Mbale District Youth Council and an ardent supporter of NRM party, claimed that they got information that the RDC‘s office was put under pressure from the person who reportedly lobbied for the training, to delete their names. However, Mr Mwajje did not name the person who ordered deletion.
“You know the person. We will not name them but they should know that most of the youth leaders, whose names were deleted are all NRM cadres, Ugandans and mostly residents of Mbale District,” He added.
The Mbale NRM District Chairperson, Mr Muhamood Masaba, said there is a tendency of some members of the party to try and personalise government programmes for their own popularity.
Mbale RDC acknowledged receipt of complaints from the aggrieved youth leaders but said he did not know why their names were deleted.
“I got the complaints from a section of youth leaders but as the RDC, I did my part. I handed in all the names youth leaders in the district and I gave it to the organizers, so what happened after that, I don’t know,”
Mr Ogajo, who is also the district patron patriotism, said the training is a government programme and it was supposed to be attended by all youth leaders.
However, our reporter learnt that the list that was sent by the RDC, was later edited by the deputy RDC, Ms Lilian Nakawesi with some top NRM leader. Those whose names were removed are associated with Ms Nakayenze.
When contacted, the deputy RDC, Ms Nakawesi, said some youth leaders were left out because the numbers were overwhelming.
However, some of the youth attending the training wondered why the names of only those associated with Ms Nakayenze were removed.
“Besides, this training was supposed to be attended by only youth leaders but I can see some people here who are neither leaders nor youth. They are way older,” the source.
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