A group of youth claiming to be members of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) Sunday asked for money to cross to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
The youth met Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, NRM vice chairperson Moses Kigongo and Emmanuel Dombo, the party’s director of communications, at Kololo Ceremonial Ground.
Over 300 youth led by a one Abdu Kabenge who claimed to be the NUP national coordinator for boda bodas, said if the government gave them between Shs500,000 and Shs1m each, they would not engage in violence on election day.
“What is the most important thing is to work for peace. Mr Rugunda, if all these people seated here left when their pockets are “smiling”, you will not see any riot in Kampala because they will be concentrating on the businesses the intend to create using the money you are going to give them,” Kabenge said.
He also pledged that after voting, the youth will go back to their homes and concentrate on the businesses instead of rioting.
Rugunda, without giving them a definite answer, asked the youth to instead participate in next week’s elections peacefully.
Rugunda, also told journalists that the government has put in place all measures for a free and fair election.
National Unity Platform spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi said the group is not known to him.