Gulu. Members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in Gulu have defended the low mood among its members despite their party chairman, Mr Yoweri Museveni, winning a fifth term as President.
At the weekend, handfuls of NRM members took to streets in the heart of Gulu Municipality to celebrate Mr Museveni’s win after the Electoral Commission declared him winner of the February 18 polls.
But their celebrations were short-lived as majority retreated to their homes early before 10pm.
Explaining the lukewarm celebration, Mr Geoffrey Akena, the NRM chairperson for Bar- Dege Division in Gulu Municipality, said those who went to the streets to jubilate Mr Museveni’s victory were few because a number of NRM candidates lost in the parliamentary elections.
He noted that if all the five official flagbearers for the party, who contested in the concluded parliamentary elections, had performed well like Mr Museveni, the celebration would have been bigger and lasted for days.
Out of the five parliamentary candidates fielded by NRM party in Gulu District, only the deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, managed to retain his Omoro County seat, although controversially.