The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leaders in Pader
district are divided over irregularities in the distribution of motorcycles
meant for mobilization for the 2021 general elections.
In September, the district received 23 motorcycles from the NRM party
headquarters. It was meant to be given out to 21 NRM Sub County Chairpersons to
ease mobilization and party activities.
But the nine sub-county chairpersons of Bong Tiko, Puranga, Ajan, Pot Ogali and
Lunyiri among others did not receive the motorcycles.
They accuse the Pader District NRM executive committees of giving out the motorcycles
to relatives for non-party related activities.
Peter Okello, the NRM Chairperson for Laguti Sub County says that the irregularities
in the distribution processes have caused discontent among those who missed.
He added that those who missed the motorcycles have threatened to abandon their
allegiance to the party and need to mobilize for the NRM candidates and the
party chairperson Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for the 2021 general elections.
Alfred Okello, the Ajan Sub County NRM Chairperson says that he is unwilling to
inject his income to mobilize for the party`s activities when a few sections of
people want to benefit from what is meant for everyone.
Richard Onyergiu, the NRM General Secretary for Pader says that the Sub County
party chairpersons who missed the motorcycles have vowed to frustrate the
Onyergiu has also been accused of irregularly receiving the motorcycle since he
was not included on the list of beneficiaries.
He, however, said that the district party executives agreed to distribute the
motorcycles among themselves to also help them facilitate the party`s
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But Richard Odoch Olak, Acholi Sub Regional Head of Mobilization for NRM has
directed all the party`s district executives to handover the motorcycles to the
Sub County whom he said are the rightful beneficiaries.
He threatened to arrest them if they fail to do that before the end of this
week adding that those are fraudsters.
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