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EXCLUSIVE: Mbabazi Presidential Campaigns Start In Lango

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He is deputised by journalist Felix Adupa who is also acting as the chief mobiliser.


Making good use of outstanding youth in the grassroot NRM structures, the pro-Mbabazi team has for the last few weeks been dominating political talk shows on local FM radio stations in Lira town.


The youth have also taken the lead in condemning the resolution at the recently-concluded retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi where members of the NRM caucus unanimously endorsed the party chairman, President Yoweri Museveni, as a sole party candidate in the 2016 elections.


Chimpreports understands that on Sunday night Kampala NRM youth chairman Adam Ruzindana led a team of youth from Kampala to join the main group in Lira where they addressed a press briefing before travelling to Amamach and Ngetta Sub County in Erute South, a constituency represented by Mbabazi’s nemesis Sam Engola.


Preaching internal cohesion and democracy, the group ensured their crusade coincided with the NRM MPs’ campaign of popularising Museveni’s sole candidature at the grassroots.


“We cannot allow monolithic caucus thinkers to impose their resolutions on the whole party and country, we must practice democracy,” said Adupa while appearing on a local radio station this week.


At the end of the programme, Adupa screamed: “Mbabazi oyee.”


White T. Shirts with a yellow collar carrying the inscription JPAM (John Patrick Amama Mbabazi) have been distributed to youth groups and boda boda riders in the Lango.


The developments are likely to raise fears that Mbabazi could indeed be interested in standing for President in 2016.


Mbabazi maintains he has no intentions to contest against President Museveni but his supporters continue to mobilise support for his anticipated presidential bid.


GROUP MEMBERS


In Lango, the group includes Norah Akwim Norah, the national treasurer of the Youth League. She is leading mobilization in Karamoja region and has been very vocal on radio talk shows in Lira.


Akwim at one point described President Museveni as a “liar who is hell bent on maintaining a tight grip on presidency until he dies.”


Others include Lira councillors James Abura Walter and Agwang Zainabu, who ihave been tasked with mobilising female youth and Muslims to join the pro-Mbabazi camp.


Edwin Odur Luru is the lead mobiliser for Dokolo district while Francis Kato is part of the Karamoja team.


Ayo Proscovia and Owera are recruiting members from the UPC party in Lira.


Sources told Chimpreports that Ruzindana’s group is expected to storm Alito Sub County in Kole district today Friday to distribute 20 balls to youths as an Easter Package and also popularise Mbabazi at the function.


Music


We have also learnt the group is recording a song to promote Mbabazi’s brand on all local radio stations.


Contacted today, Adupa said “we are serious on the ground and very soon we shall be moving to Acholi region and later to West Nile before embarking on other parts of the country.”


He added: “We are capturing the ground and very many people are receptive to our message. We are only waiting to see the PM (Mbabazi) come and talk to them. Lango is getting done but we are still waiting to neutralize what the MPs mainly Engola, Rebecca Otengo (minister northern Uganda), Okot Ogong and Ayo Tonny (MP Kwania constituency) are going to say here.”


Efforts to reach Mbabazi for comment were fruitless as he did not answer our calls on his known mobile phone.

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