NRM Youths Mock Amama, Declare him Politically Dead Top story

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Michael Okello, the mastermind of the procession says they decided to bury Mbabazi as a sign that he belongs to the past. Okello adds that Mbabazi's candidature is a mockery to the Ugandan population.

The Northern Uganda district of Gulu witnessed dramatic scenes today as hundreds of youths mocked Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi. 

The youths declared Mbabazi ‘politically dead' and carried a coffin covered with posters and T-shirts through the streets of Gulu to a burial ground, where they scornfully ‘laid Mbabazi to rest.' They later set the Coffin and the campaign materials ablaze.

The act sought to declare their dislike, for the man, who just declared his bid to contest for the Presidency, challenging his former ally, the NRM Chairman Yoweri Museveni.

Michael Okello, the mastermind of the procession says they decided to ‘bury' Mbabazi as a sign that he belongs to the past. 

They accuse him of mismanaging the Peace Recovery and Development Plan, a fund channeled through the Office of the Prime minister, which Mbabazi occupied prior to his dismissal from Government.

Okello adds that Mbabazi's candidature is a mockery to the Ugandan population.
 
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Robert Okwera, One of the youths who participated in the events says Amama Mbabazi has never shown solidarity with the people in northern Uganda whose lives were characterized with decades of violence during the LRA-led rebellion.
 
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Justus Tugume, the chairman of an organization named ‘100% NRM youths' in Northern Uganda says Mbabazi cannot be trusted after betraying NRM, a party he served as Secretary General.
 
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Police provided security for the youth's procession. 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.