Lumumba Roots for Unity in Polarized Tororo

The National Resistance Movement Secretary General, Justin Kasule Lumumba on Friday called for unity in Tororo district, which is home to the highest number of NRM leaning independent Members of Parliament and a minister.

Lumumba traveled to the eastern district to bring together the leaders, many of whom have for long blamed the NRM Electoral Commission Chairman, Tanga Odoi for propagating division among the ruling party leaders by supporting his cronies.

“As leaders you need to be united.  You have achieved nothing much by fighting each other,” said Lumumba.

She told NRM leaders in the district that disunity has adverse effects including constraining service delivery.

“Disunity limits us from fully serving the people that voted us into offices. They are yearning for service delivery,” added Lumuma.

The last NRM primaries in 2015 left Tororo district radically divided resulting to many leaders opting to stand as independent candidates.

The district Woman MP, Sarah Opendi Ochieng who is also Health State Minister, stood on Independent ticket. She accused the NRM electoral commission of manipulating the primaries in favor of her rival Jacinta Ayo.

West Budama South MP, Jacob Oboth Oboth, also instrumental chairperson Legal Committee of Parliament, is an independent member. He disagreed with the 2015 NRM primaries outcome which declared Phibby Awere Otala the winner.


Ms. Opendi and Oboth Oboth attended the event at Yolwa Sub County Headquarters. Other participants included area MPs, Parliamentary flag bearers, District Executive Committee members, Councilors, NRM Sub County Chairpersons, LCIII Chairpersons and their Councilors and parish councilors

Lumumba appealed to the leaders to go back to their respective electorates and seek forgiveness over varying differences.

“Teaming with the electorates and moving on the same page as current leaders will set a new agenda for the generations to come,” said Lumumba.

The meeting, according to the statement signed by Communications officer, unanimously passed a resolution endorsing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as NRM sole candidate for 2021.

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