The leader of the splinter faction of the National Resistance Movement Diaspora League has embarked on a world tour ahead of their planned election early next year.
Mr. Patrick Asiimwe, known by his members as the Interim Diaspora Chairman, over the weekend flew to Istanbul in Turkey where he met the faction followers.
According to the group’s Spokesman, Moses Mulindwa Kimuli, the tour is aimed at networking and registering new members to the faction.
“Our interim diaspora league, Chairman Patrick Asiimwe has started touring countries where NRM supporters are in big numbers; to network and encourage them to register,” Mr. Kimuli told our reporter on phone.
“At the airport he (Asiimwe) was welcomed by scores of supporters who were eager to listen to his message.”
Kimuli stressed that amongst the issues discussed were promoting Uganda abroad and also looking for markets for Ugandan products.
“Members also discussed the printing and issuing of IDs and the chairman dismissed negative media reports that were going around that the chapter was selling fake party IDs,” he added.
The group was accused both by NRM Secretariat and mainstream Diaspora League under Haji Abbey Walusimbi for illegally printing and selling cards to party members in Europe, North America and Asia.
Patrick Asiimwe however stated in Turkey that the IDs are to help his group identify who qualifies to be diaspora and to participate in the elections next year.
He stressed that IDs were voluntary and no one is pressured into getting them.
The tour is expected to extend to Egypt, South Africa and Qatar.