The National Resistance
Movement - NRM Youth League members have vowed to shift their efforts and support
opposition Presidential candidates if they are not granted autonomous mandate
and resources for campaigns.
The national youth
league executives re-iterated their demand in a press release today in which
they said they are not being cared about in the 2021 general election campaigns
and yet they form three-quarters of the voters.
“Please Your excellency
Sir, let your campaign be youth led, minus that don’t be surprised of an event
that can occur and it will be shameful for the first of its kind in Uganda,” reads
the press statement.
Twaib Achile, the
chairperson NRM national Youth league said the fact that youth votes have
increased from 7 million in 2016 to 11 million now calls for special attention
from fellow youth leaders not from the elderly persons.
Twaib told Uganda Radio Network in an
interview today that youth leaders have tasked President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also
the NRM presidential candidate to consider granting them an independent status
lest they shift goal posts to other candidates in the opposition.
Cue in; The members of the youth.…
out; heading to a loss…." //
But in his address to the youth leaders in West Nile
at Muni University, President Museveni rejected a memo presented to him to have
the youth run an independent campaign team for the president and NRM
He rejected the proposal saying the youth should
mobilize votes under the NRM women and elders’ council, which are already well
structured in the 2021 NRM campaign strategy guidelines.
The President’s response however angered the youth
leaders in West Nile who had hoped he would endorse their idea.
This is the second time the youths are insisting on
running an independent-youth led campaign team for NRM presidential and other
candidates ahead of the 2021 general elections.