A total of 38 opposition youth leaders mainly from the FDC yesterday afternoon crossed to NRM citing ‘lack of political focus’ among their former leaders.
The NRM treasurer-general Namayanja Rose Nsereko received the youthful delegation at the party headquarters in Kampala and called upon them never to be ashamed of their decision.
“Reliability and dependability is key in politics and you have made the right choice”, said Namayanja.
She officially handed over a copy of the party constitution and a shirt to each of the converts. The group was led by Mugumya Lawrence the FDC youth chairperson of Kalangala District.
Namayanja told the youthful converts that she was personally one of the founders of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) but after a while, with them, she realized the group lacked a clear political ideology and she quit.
UYD is the youth wing of DP and four of these converts belonged there.
She took them through her political journey from a village youth leader to a youth MP, District Woman MP, State Minister for Luwero Triangle, cabinet minister for Information and National Guidance to her current position as party treasurer.
“You are in the right place. NRM is all-inclusive and that’s how I have also gone through all these ranks. You will be treated equally like others because we are non-discriminative”, she added.
Mugumya said they had noticed that most of their FDC leaders were quietly collaborating with NRM despite their negative talk against the ruling party during the day.
He said they had been deceived for so long that the NRM government would fall but it was instead getting stronger as the opposition gets more divided into smaller sectarian groups.
He said that the language being used by the opposition only spreads hatred other than unity.
These and many other factors, he said, forced them to join NRM.
The converts pledged to bring more opposition youths to the NRM family.