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NRM Mobilisers Withdraw Support from MP Akol :: Uganda Radionetwork
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NRM Mobilisers Withdraw Support from MP Akol

Some of the prominent personalities that attended the meeting include Nelson Ocheger, Ugandas ambassador to Nigeria, Businessman Joseph Ariong, Patrick Isiagi, the former Kampala City Council Football Club Treasurer and Bukedea County MP George Ekuma.
08 Sep 2015 12:02
Akol speaking at a recent function in Bukedea.
Rose Akol, the incumbent Bukedea woman Member of Parliament has an uphill task to defend her seat. A group of NRM party mobilisers from the district have decided to throw their weight behind her rival Jude Ajalo Erongot in the party primaries. At least 175 NRM party mobilisers from Bukedea district convened on Sunday in a closed door meeting at Wash and Wills Country Home in Mbale where they resolved to withdraw their support from Akol.

 

 

Some of the prominent personalities that attended the meeting include Nelson Ocheger, Uganda's ambassador to Nigeria, Businessman Joseph Ariong, Patrick Isiagi, the former Kampala City Council Football Club Treasurer and Bukedea County MP George Ekuma. During the meeting, the mobilisers argued that it would be a grave mistake for Bukedea to send back Akol to parliament yet is fueling division in the party in the district.

 

 

 â€œMP Rose Akol distanced herself from the electorate, this was contrary to the mandate of service delivery we expected from her, so we are sending someone who can listen to her voters,” said Amos Okurut, one of the mobilisers. The group accused Akol of funding candidates to compete against George Ekuma and Wilberforce Tukei, the incumbent Bukedea county MP and LC5 chairman respectively.

 

 

 â€œFor us to bring sanity in NRM in Bukedea, we need to discipline those fueling division in the party,” Rashid Opolot said. In her response, Akol said all Ugandans have a right to vie for election.  â€œAs an MP I do not have a mandate to appoint or reject someone from contesting, let those that want to exercise their constitutional right, have it,” Akol said. She defended her alliance with Moses Olemukan, who is eyeing the LC 5 chairman's seat.

 

“Olemukan is our family friend and besides he was my campaign manager even before Bukedea became a district.” She faulted some of the NRM party supporters in the district who think that some political positions shouldn't be put up for contest. In his address to the party members, Nelson Ocheger urged the party members to vote for leaders who will be passionate about the plight of the common man.

He said all those who come back to the villages during elections to look for votes should be shunned since they are not conversant with the issues affecting the local communities.  â€œIf we start vetting candidates at an early stage then some of the weak aspirants can be disqualified earlier to reduce friction and cause order in the party,” Ocheger advised. 

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