Sheema NRA leaders scared of opposition
Posted Friday, February 22 2013 at 02:00
In preparation for 2016 general elections, NRM leaders in Sheema have resolved to start massive mobilisation to offset victory by the opposition parties.
The district will start sensitising residents about the achievements of the NRM and recruit more people to support the party.
Speaking at a belated NRM Liberation Day celebrations on Saturday, leaders said the opposition is already luring NRM diehards and the youth.
Sheema South MP Yorokam Katwiremu said after the election of Mugisha Muntu as FDC president, people have started to shift to the opposition party.
“Since FDC chose a new party president things at the grassroot have changed. If nothing is done we shall have a big problem in 2016,” Mr Katwiremu said.
He appealed to the NRM party leaders to stop camping in Kampala and go back to the grassroots.
In July last year, Ankole region shocked the country when it voted Mr Odo Tayebwa, an FDC diehard, as Bushenyi/Ishaka Municipality MP. Mr Tayebwa is the first opposition candidate to be voted as MP in the region. Leaders in the area see this as a threat if NRM does not change strategies in mobilisation.
Former Bushenyi District boss Longino Ishanga Ndyanabo said 2016 will be an uphill task for the NRM government which should bring young people on board.
“Our children do not know what NRM stands for. Those who can reach the President need to tell him this,” Ndyanabo said.
General Duties minister in OPM Tarsis Kabwegyere said those who say they are tired of NRM’s long stay in power are sick. He, however, agreed the government achievements should be explained, especially to the youth.