EXCLUSIVE: Mbabazi Abandons Old NRM Register, Joins Fresh Registration

South Sudan marks its 4 year anniversary tomorrow Thursday 9th July 2015. However as the world’s youngest country marks this celebration, visit this site the number of people being forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing conflict continues to increase.

South Sudan’s civil war and violence began in mid-December 2013 and so far political efforts to end the conflict have failed and the outlook for the affected populations remains grim. There has been an escalation in violence in Unity and Upper Nile states of recent with heavy fighting forcing tens of thousands of people to flee to the bush and swamplands. – areas that are difficult to reach.

According to UNHCR records, around 1.5 million people have been internally displaced inside South Sudan while more than 730, 000 people have become refugees in neighboring countries. Uganda holds more than 155,000 South Sudanese refugees that have joined the 22,000 who were residing in the country before the post-December 2013 influx.


Over the last five decades, Uganda, the ninth-largest refugee-hosting country in the world has been receiving an average of 160,000 refugees annually, but this displacement from South Sudan has significantly contributed to the country currently hosting more than 460,000 refugees.

Uganda continues to respect its obligations in relation to international refugee law and South Sudanese new arrivals are automatically recognized as refugees on a prima facie basis at which point they are provided with land within refugee settlements on which to build their new homes and lives.

The Office of the Prime Minister, together with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) coordinates the refugee response ensuring that refugees have a roof over their heads and sufficient food and water to survive.

It has been revealed that the UN Refugee Agency’s appeal for the humanitarian response for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda still remains severely underfunded. To date, just 9% of the $99 million needed has been met. Current resources remain insufficient to provide vital life-saving assistance and services, particularly in the areas of health, education and livelihoods and environment.


“At a time when Uganda is currently hosting more refugees than at any time in its history, I would like to commend the Government of Uganda and the people of Uganda for their continued generosity and hospitality towards refugees,” said UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Representative to Uganda Neimah Warsame.

Warsame revealed that while some countries are responding by shutting their borders and increasing their hostility towards refugees, Uganda is welcoming them. He urged the international community to match the magnanimity shown by the people of Uganda by ensuring the humanitarian response is fully funded in order for refugees to live peacefully in safety and dignity.
The former Prime Minister, ed John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has finally given up on the National Resistance Movement party old register and appended his name in the fresh registration exercise that concluded recently.

ChimpReports has learnt that Mbabazi, stuff who had insisted on the NRM old register for a long time, later sneaked into his home district of, Kanugu last month and participated in the new party recording.

We have landed on a graphic copy of the NRM yellow book page for Kanungu district, Kinkizi West constituency, Nyakinono Subcounty, Karubeizi parish, Nyamabale village where the former premier is now a registered voter.

According to the copy, Mbabazi 66 years who used his national identification card number 000126385 registered as the 12th NRM member his Nyamabale village and was given the party voter number 050022232 that he is going to use in the next primary elections.

Mbabazi also went to the same village registration on the same day with his wife, Jacqueline Mbabazi 60 years Registration Number 55120196070806 and his daughters including Nina Mbabazi Rukakaire who uniquely didn’t get a registration number, Rachael Mbabazi (002370182), Mbabazi Karungyi Fifi 24 years(005595889) and sons Mao Mbabazi Kamugasho 38 years (005595888) and Namanya Allan Mbabazi 33 years (001967434).

The NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba in April declared the NRM old register ineffective and announced that the ruling party was going to produce another register.

There was contention concerning the existence of the old register and Lumumba accused her predecessor, Mbabazi who was dropped from the top position in December 2014 when NRM amended its constitution empowering the party chairman to appoint the Secretary General.

Mbabazi and his daughter Nina were reportedly demanding Shs 5bn from the ruling party before the old register could be surrendered, forcing Lumumba to opt for a new register.

“Whoever has the party (NRM) register should remain with it since we have been waiting for it for long and no one cared. NRM is going to make a new register,” Lumumba told journalists at the party headquarters, Kyadondo road in April.

Yellow books were sent to all the villages to register both old and the new NRM members.

It had remained a mystery if Mbabazi participated in the new registration since he had defended the old register.

It is now revealed; Mbabazi registered himself 5 days before declaring his presidential ambition on 15th June 2015 and on the ruling party ticket.

When contacted on phone Lumumba said the NRM welcomes everyone in the party and there was no exception for Mbabazi to be subjected to.

“We welcome everybody and there was no way other people would be accepted and Honorable Mbabazi subjected to a different treatment.”



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