Mr. Yusuf Mutembuli, the Democratic Party Vice President in charge of the Eastern Region and a People Power Coordinator in the area, has crossed to the ruling NRM party.
He was received by NRM Eastern Region Vice Chairman Mike Mukula and Dr. Hassan Galiwango, the Director Finance & Administration, at the party offices in Kampala on Tuesday.
Captain Mukula said Mr. Mutembuli defected with Mr. Bart Nsubuga, the People Power Advisor for Butaleja District and Party Kiyimba, the DP Chairperson for Butaleja district. He added that the three converts are a very big catch for NRM.
Mutembuli contested on a DP ticket in 2016 and lost to NRM’s Nagomu Musamba Moses. He confessed here that despite the numerous attacks on NRM and the person of the President mainly in 2005/2006, he was never harassed or tortured by any one from the ruling side.
“NRM tolerates others and the only way of paying them back is to join them. I am here to work with anyone in NRM but not to fight within NRM,” he stressed before adding that he was aware of the likely attacks from his former side but vowed he is ready to counter them.
“I therefore denounce all my positions in DP and People Power today and officially announce that I have accepted to join NRM willingly. I am also in talks with others to follow,” said a visibly excited Mutembuli.
He came with Mr. Sihigimba Peter, the DP Chairperson of Mazimasa Sub County who also publicly declared that he had taken a decision to join NRM. They were both decorated in the yellow Party colours and handed copies of the Constitution by Hon Mukula.
Hon Mukula welcomed them to NRM saying the ruling Party was all inclusive and guaranteed them a comfortable stay. He urged them to fish out more members to join NRM.
The function was witnessed by a delegation of leaders from Butaleja led by the District NRM Chairperson Hajji Issa Walugo and businessman Dr. Alfred Higenyi Namuswa. Also in attendance were the newly nominated Directors Mathias Kasamba (Mobilisation) & Emmanuel Dombo (Media).