About 560 supporters of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) in Bulambuli district have ditched their presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi, and opted for President Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM).
The NUP supporters on Thursday publicly declared that they had crossed to NRM and were received by eastern region NRM vice-chairperson Mike Mukula at Muyembe town in Bulambuli.
Irene Muloni, the NRM flagbearer in the Balambuli Woman MP race was one of the forces behind the defection.
The new members pledged to work closely with NRM to ensure that the other “lost sheep” in Bulambuli also see the light and join the NRM yellow bus.
NRM leaders in Bulambuli district lauded Mukula for being a good shepherd.
While delivering his speech, Mukula appealed to the people of Bulambuli to vote for President Museveni and Muloni as well as other NRM candidates.
Mukula described NUP as a briefcase party that will not last for long because they lack grassroots structures.
“You cannot trust a three-month-old party with the power to run this country,” Mukula.
“Since NRM came to power, it made sure that all the once existing political parties are weakened and we have continued harvesting more members from those parties. And soon NUP will be no more,” he added.
According to Mukula, the Government had already injected billions of shillings in the Emyooga project in every constituency and training of beneficiaries was ongoing in Bulambuli.
He noted that government now intends to tarmac more roads including the one of Muyembe-Nakapiripit.
Muloni appealed to people of Bulambuli to vote for her, adding that she had ensured that electricity was extended to all parts of the district.
Muloni also pledged to lobby for the construction of Muyembe, Nalugugu, Namagumba and Buginyanya circular road.