Saturday January 30 2016

Mbabazi names task force for Acholi

Independent presidential candidate Amama

Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi waves to his supporters during a rally in Gulu Town in November last year. PHOTO BY JOHN OKOT 

By Julius Ocungi

Gulu. Officials from various Opposition parties have elected an 11-member task force to canvass votes for the Go Forward presidential candidate, Mr Amama Mbabazi, in Acholi sub-region.
The members from Democratic Party (DP), Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC), Justice Forum (Jeema), People’s Progressive Party, Conservative Party and the Go Forward political group were elected on Wednesday in Gulu Town at a function presided over by the outgoing UPC president, Dr Olara Otunnu.

The task force comprises Mr Christopher Freddie Oyat (chairperson in charge of West Acholi) with Mr Christopher Layee Ting as his vice chairperson.
Others are: Mr Christopher Ouma (secretary) and Ambrose Ege (in charge of logistics), Mr Otto Omona (publicity) and Mr Keneth Oyet, in charge of youth affairs.

Addressing the press, Mr Oyat said the members will be tasked with setting up regional campaign offices for West Acholi districts of Amuru, Nwoya and Gulu to set smooth ground for Mr Mbabazi.
“I am pleased to announce that after a struggle, we have finally established a campaign task force for our presidential candidate Mr Mbabazi in the region. This will help us in making sure that Mr Mbabazi gets a landslide win in the February 18 election,” said Mr Oyat.

Mr Otunnu said the taskforce will work closely with the national leadership of The Democratic Alliance, a political grouping that vainly sought to choose a joint Opposition presidential candidate between Mr Mbabazi and Dr Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change.
Mr Otunnu said he had confidence in the team to help Mr Mbabazi become the next president.
Mr Mbabazi is expected to campaign in Gulu, Nwoya and Amuru districts next week.

Earlier visit
Mr Mbabazi, who had his first campaign visit in the region in November last year, attracted mammoth crowds who matched in processions to welcome him in Gulu Town. At a rally at Kaunda Grounds, Mr Mbabazi apologised to the residents over Shs1.4 billion for reconstruction of northern Uganda under the Peace Recovery and Development Plan, which was swindled by officials in the Prime Minister’s office.