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Over 80 NUP supporters cross to NRM as Museveni’s office takes wealth creation campaign to Iganga

Mr Moses Kintu, ONC's Ass. Communications Officer addressing the NRM youths in Iganga on Saturday, November 25, 2023.

Iganga, (UG): At least eight (80) supporters of the Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) in Iganga District have crossed to join the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party as the ruling party continues to win over support in the run-up to the 2026 general elections.

The new NRM converts were welcomed by Mr Kintu Moses, the Assistant Communications Officer in the Office of the National Chairman (ONC) who on Saturday represented the ONC Head, SPA/PA Hajjat Hadijah Namyalo Uzeiye at Iganga Municipal Playground where members of the Greater Iganga Farmers Cooperative Union held their annual celebrations and launch of their office.

The Farmers’ Cooperative Union brings together over 100 SACCOs from the districts of Bugiri, Bugweri, Iganga, Luuka, Mayuge and Namutumba.

Lt. Col Lubaale who is the Patron of the Union and also an Operation Wealth Creation Officer at the Ministry of Finance and Planning informed the gathering that they are mandated to form unions so that they can receive funding from the Government.

He noted that so far they have disbursed millions of funds at every parish under the Parish Development Model (PDM) program.

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“…I want to inform you that in my capacity as a Patron, I have already secured the market for all the Union produce since am a member of the Uganda Grain Council,” said Lt. Col Lubaale.

Mr Kintu MOses (with neck-tie) flanked by Iganga Woman MP, Hon Sauda Alibaawo Kawuma (2nd L)

At the same event, the Iganga District Woman MP, Hon Sauda Alibawo hailed the ONC Manager, Hajjat Hadijah Namyalo for having Busoga at heart, citing that she has continued to empower several districts within the region to fight poverty.

“We as Basoga pledge to deepen our relations with ONC since it has expressed a good cause to fight poverty in our households,” said Alibawo before requesting the Chief Guest to inform the President that coffee and cocoa farmers are facing a collapse of their businesses since NAADs stopped purchasing seedlings from them. She said peasants can not afford the cost despite the high demand to practice coffee farming.

In his speech, Mr Kintu extended apologies for his boss’ failure to make it physically due to unavoidable circumstances but for her love for the people of Iganga and instructed him to execute the roles. Kintu appreciated the peasants for implementing the message of value addition as advocated by the National Chairman NRM HE Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

On his inquiry from the gathering, whether they received the PDM funds, 70% of them denied having benefited due to the intense corruption in the program by its officers. Kintu learnt that more than 10 people from different parishes testified to have been asked to pay more than Ugx50,000/- by the Parish Chiefs to include them in the program, which they couldn’t afford.

Mr Kintu (R) after giving out the self-empowerment equipment to some of the beneficiaries on the evening.

Responding to the community’s queries, the ONC boss tasked the RDC to follow up on the matter and make sure that thieves pay back the money collected from the peasants. He asserted that ONC is to conduct a swift inquiry to have the culprits arrested, noting that this is the role President Museveni tasked them at ONC to play.

“These ruthless Government officials are the reason why the right programs of the NRM are frustrated and end up not achieving the intended goals. We as ONC can’t tolerate this and surely they will pay for their greed!,” vowed Kintu.

He expressed gratitude to all the bazzukulu who have taken the front line in fighting the war of poverty and promised that ONC would continue empowering them and others across the country.

Before distributing the capital items that included; welding machines, sewing machines, g-nuts machines, spray pumps, etc, he emphasized the need for quality produce to be able to tap into the wider market secured by the NRM chairman he repeatedly referred to as Jajja across Africa and globally.

Hundreds of groups from different parishes were empowered with the above-mentioned items and cautioned not to sell them to avoid arrests, as the ONC follows up on all that it distributes for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

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Kintu also pledged a contribution of Ugx1m from ONC head Hajjat Namyalo to the Union SACCO, something that thrilled all members, who vowed to work with Chief Muzzukulu to kick poverty out of Iganga and Busoga at large.



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