Over 200 youth who claim to be mobilisers of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in Kampala have defected to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
The youth announced their defection over the weekend at Nakasero Primary School.
“We are not here as hooligans but we are ready to serve the NRM,” the group leader Frank Ssenyonjo is quoted by New Vision as saying.
Ssenyonjo who claimed to be a lead mobiliser of People Power/NUP in Wakiseka said he has served several opposition groups including the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), the Democratic Party (DP) and People Power, but they have done nothing for youth.
The group was received by Senior Presidential Advisor on NRM Archives’, Alice Kaboyo.
Kaboyo said the NRM has nurtured youth well because they did not suffer serious diseases such as polio because of immunization programmes by the government.
“Even with jobs, we shall improvise for you to work,” she added.
The head of Mobilisation and political in the State House, Robert Rwakandari, told the youth that they are in the right hands.
“Opposition is taking you nowhere. We shall give you all the necessary support,” he said.
But NUP spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi, told New Vision the group was mere survivors in politics.
“We do not know these people and they are not near our party structures. They did not even have the party cards or t-shirts,” he said.