A group of over 400 opposition supporters from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) have officially crossed to the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) in Soroti district.
The group led by former Soroti Municipality Mayor Hon Alfred Arua (FDC), Soroti district speaker Stephen Olebe (UPC), and Dr. Egwau Geoffrey a medical consultant who contested in previous elections for Dakabella county on FDC ticket have been unveiled at the function held at NRM Soroti offices.
Receiving the defectors, Musa Oroma the Soroti District NRM Registrar described this as one of their biggest achievements in weakening opposition in this district where the opposing force has been so strong.
“So far, a total of 472 opposition members have already handed over their party cards to us here at our offices. We have been having similar activities in four other sub-counties where many have also crossed,” Oroma stated.
Most of the defectors have revealed that they have decided to abandon opposition after realizing that most of the leaders have been working for their personal gains instead of uplifting people’s standards and wellbeing.
“After electing most of these people in previous elections, they abandoned us to the extent that they have not been coming back to the community but since elections are closer, the majority have started returning to the ground with intention of seeking another term,” Joyce Mary Aruge FDC supporter from Campswahili ward remarked.
Dr. Egwau Geoffrey revealed that he has been impressed to cross NRM as one of the means to appreciate government for having put in place a number of infrastructures that have created employment on top of improving people’s welfare.
In the previous elections, the opposition especially FDC performed better in the Eastern region where it won a number of electoral positions.
However, within these few months left to the next general elections, many opposition supporters and leaders have been crossing to other parties like NRM well as others have joined the People power pressure group.