NRM Defers Reconciliation Drive for Party Candidates

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In short
The drive was meant to reunite NRM members who lost during the party primaries last year, some of whom went ahead to contest for various elective positions as independent candidates saying the party primaries were flawed.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has deferred its planned countrywide reconciliation drive due to financial constraints, Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba says.

The drive was meant to reunite NRM members who lost during the party primaries last year, some of whom went ahead to contest for various elective positions as independent candidates saying the party primaries were flawed.

Lumumba says the party is financially constrained at the moment and may not have the capacity to conduct meetings across the country while at the same time preparing for the swearing in ceremony for president and other elected leaders. The President will be sworn in on May 12.

Similarly Tanga Odoi, the chairman of the NRM electoral commission says both winners and defeated candidates from the just concluded general election should forgive and forget in order to steer development within the party.
 
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However, Maj Gen Otafiire Kahinda, one of the NRM enthusiasts who contested as an independent candidate says he remains a staunch member of the party with or without the reconciliation.

 

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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.

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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.