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Kabale: NRM Youths Camp at Party Offices Over Allowances

Several NRM Youth leaders in Kabale district on Sunday evening camped at the district party offices located in Kabale town protesting nonpayment of their allowances.

The youths threatened to sit at the offices until the district party leadership pays them their transport and accommodation allowance for participating in the Western Youth MP elections over the weekend.

The youths claim that each youth was entitled to a transport and accommodation allowance of 340,000 shillings from the NRM secretariat but they did not receive it.

On Saturday, the youth leaders from Kabale district who had turned up at Kabale College of Commerce to vote for the Western Region Youth MP stormed out of the voting center and refused to vote citing irregularities.

This was after they learnt that that most of them were missing from the register containing the eligible voters.

However, the youth say that even if they did not vote, they had signed for their allowance which they ought to have received.

The group says the Kabale district NRM registrar Maurice Mugenga Keitaba told them they were to receive their allowances on Saturday evening but later switched off his phone.

Pamela Byensi, the Kabale district NRM Youths League Vice Chairperson says they were aware that the Party’s national secretariat released their allowances to the district party leadership.

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She says the spent much of their own money on transport to participate in the election and paid accommodation fees which was supposed to be catered for by the party secretariat, which they never received.

Byensi said they would camp at the party offices until the matter is sorted.

When contacted by our reporter, the Kabale district NRM registrar Mourice Keitaba said the youths could not be paid because they refused to vote.

He however added that they have contacted the national NRM general secretary’s office which has promised to only pay 5 youths delegates who appeared on the register of the Youths delegates from Kabale district who were eligible to vote for the Western Region Youths MP.

He insisted that the rest of the youths who did not appear on the register will not be paid.

 

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