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ask geneva;”>The President, who is the National Chairman of NRM, received the converts, comprising mainly of the top FDC leadership in Kasese district, at his Rwakitura country home in Kiruhuura district. Some of those who defected include Kmalha, the Secretary General of FDC in Kasese and a one Kimadi who is the District Councillor for Kisanga Sub-county.
He reminded them that NRM restored cultural Institutions that had been abolished by the Obote regime and also brought about democracy in order to allow wananchi make their own decisions and choices.
Mr. Museveni, who welcomed the converts to NRM, called on them not to be diverted from the main challenge of eradicating poverty in their homes, but to concentrate on household income generating activities.
State House did not reveal senior FDC officials that defected but sources on Wednesday night told Chimpreports that former FDC Busongora South MP Christopher Kibazanga was among those who switched to the Movement.
It should be noted that Kibazanga is the younger brother to the Rwenzururu King, Wesley Mumbere.
Observers say the defection is a huge blow to the Kingdom which is on bad terms with government for reportedly mobilising youth to storm security installations in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko early this month in which 92 people died.
Rwenzururu denies the charge.
Insiders told this website that Kibazanga “defected to NRM long time ago and met Museveni last year. He is no longer active in Kasese. Kibazanga appearing at Rwakitura would not be a surprise.”
A source told this website that indeed Kibazanga officially defected to the NRM and embraced Museveni whom he spent the better part of his political life criticising.
During the meeting, the President further reiterated government’s first principle of no tolerance to sectarianism and urged all Ugandans in general and the Rwenzori region in particular, to respect each other and live in harmony irrespective of their ethnicity.
He told the delegation that the current land issues prevailing in their area is only temporary matter as the country develops and shifts from agriculture to the industrial, services and modernization tempo.
Mr. Museveni encouraged members of Kasese delegation to embrace the 1995 manifesto plan that entails modern commercial farming adding that Army Officers will be deployed to all constituencies in the country to oversee the implementation of that plan.