NRM Membership Registration Goes East

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The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party will on Friday kick start registration of its members in the eastern region after successfully completing the exercise in the north and central regions.

The ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM,party will on Friday kick start registration of its members in the eastern region after successfully completing the exercise in the north and central regions.

The fresh registration of party members was launched by President Yoweri Museveni last month after the party said the former Secretary General Amama Mbabazi failed to hand over party register.

Justine Lumumba, NRM Secretary General says the registration exercise went well in North and eastern region except in few places where some people disappeared with the registration books.

She says the party have had to send more registration materials to the affected areas which includes; Karamoja where the district chairperson reportedly escaped with the register to Kenya and in Njeru where the register and the ballot boxes were stolen.

She says in the Eastern, the registration will officially start on Friday this week but training of registrars from village levels is ongoing.

Though she could not say how many people have so far been registered as NRM members,  she says they have been overwhelmed by the turn up of people desiring to join the party.

Meanwhile opposition political parties have accused the NRM party of buying their members.

David Baliraine, a member of UPC party says he was surprised to see members of his household  given sodas and money, so that they could be registered as NRM.

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But when contacted over the claims Roggers Mulindwa, NRM publicity secretary denied the claim saying they only register people who turned up voluntarily to get registered.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.