Over 400 opposition supporters have defected to the ruling National Resistance Movement party in Soroti district.
They were unveiled Saturday in Soroti town by NRM Vice-chairperson for Eastern region Capt Mike Mukula.
They consisted of Forum for Democratic Change and Uganda People’s Congress members who handed over their party cards to the Soroti district NRM registrar, Musa Oroma.
“We have received a number of opposition defectors from UPC and FDC. We have the district speaker and a number of district councillors,” Oroma said.
He said so far, a total of 471 people have handed over their party cards and got NRM cards.
He explained that the ruling NRM party is receiving defectors in all the 18 sub-counties in Soroti as part of the party’s efforts to win the forthcoming 2021 general election.
Former Soroti municipality mayor Alfred Aruwo and Soroti district speaker Steven Orebe among the defectors.
On Monday, Mukula unveiled Pauline Margaret Namagembe a mobiliser for the Alliance for National Transformation in Wakiso as Gen Mugisha Muntu’s party suffered its first big defection since its formation two years ago.
Pauline Margaret Namagembe was the 2016 Forum for Democratic Change flag-bearer for Wakiso Woman MP and lost in the polls to Rosemary Sseninde and she was unveiled together with other opposition politicians from Forum for Democratic Change and Uganda People’s Congress.
Speaking at the function on Monday, Mukula urged the new members to return to their areas to lure other opposition politicians to join the ruling NRM party.