hospital http://chulucanasnoticias.com/wp-admin/includes/ms-deprecated.php sans-serif; color: #333333;”>President’s Museveni’s Special Assistant for Communications, Sarah Kagingo, was quoted by media claiming that the defectors were formally welcomed to the NRM by Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, “who all witnessed this transformation”.
“Speaking at a fundraising function for Christ the King Church Parish building, in Rukungiri Municipality, Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, who also doubles as Rukungiri district NRM Chairman, congratulated the defectors, now dubbed Balokole, for “rejecting lies by which they were hoodwinked to join FDC,” she was quoted to have said.
Wafula Oguttu, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson, however, revealed a weekly press briefing on Monday that this was a stunt masterminded by one Harriet Nakamya, a former FDC leader, who lied to the president that she had managed to lure all these masses into defecting to the ruling party.
“It was a naked lie by the president, government and Nakamya, that 3,800 of out supporters had crossed to NRM. This never happened in Rukungiri or anywhere in this country,” Oguttu clarified.
Describing Nakamya as a person who specialises in trading humans to get money from the president, Wafula revealed that she had called and invited him to preside over the crossing of that number of FDC supporters, only to be disappointed by the turn up.
“Museveni immediately rushed to Rukungiri, only to find 280 people waiting, who had showed up upon being promised that the president would give them money. Majority of these were NRM supporters but of course our own FDC supporters also went for the money bit of it. In fact the president was very upset that he only gave each one Shs 4000 for lunch!” noted Oguttu.
Yesterday, Sunday, when FDC current and former presidents, Gen Mugisha Muntu and Col Kiiza Besigye held a massive rally in the district, party supporters who had gone for the money, returned both the Yellow T-Shirts and NRM cards they had been given.
“We collected all these and we are bringing them to our headquarters before taking them back to NRM offices,” he said.