Written by Jeff Andrew Lule, NEW VISION
Over 300 denounce NUP, govt offers them support
WAKISO – Over 400 National Unity Platform (NUP) party members have denounced support for the party and joined the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
The group, commonly known as “Team Banyivu” has also denounced their intended violent activities, which they were planning to execute in Kampala and other parts of the country.
The group made the confession during a meeting with senior presidential advisor on NRA Archives, Alice Kaboyo, at Pearl High Hotel on Entebbe recently.
The group also handed over several jerricans of petrol, old car tyres and other tools they were to use in their planned subversive activities.
The exhibits were received by Katwe Police.
The chairperson of the group, Ashraf Baguma, revealed that the group was formed during the election period to co-ordinate violent demonstrations and burn tyres in and around the city after elections.
“But when some of our colleagues got arrested, many members abandoned the idea. Some of our friends were taken to prison and no one from NUP came to bail them out,” he said.
Baguma said the group has about 6,000 members scattered across the country. He said most of the members are unemployed and just need to be supported to live better lives.
Baguma thanked Kaboyo for helping many of their colleagues out of detention. He said many had been brainwashed by NUP leaders and other opposition groups promising them heaven on earth when government changes.
They vowed to work with the NRM government as ambassadors of peace and development.
Kaboyo pledged to support the group financially and in skills development directly through her office with support of the President.
Kaboyo urged all youth who have been intoxicated by the influence of some foreign forces through their local agents to desist from such influence because their intention is only to destroy the country.
She admitted that there are errors made by some errant officers in government which does not represent the position of NRM.
Kaboyo also raised concern over the increasing moral decay among the youth, saying many young people no longer have respect for their elders.
She also urged security agencies to use a rehabilitation approach on such youth than punishing them, stressing that even in prison they can learn bad things.
The presidential advisor on politics and development, Enock Kabalega, said NRM’s weakness on damage control has given room for the Opposition to misinform the public and taint the image of the Government.