Tuesday February 2 2016

Why Mbabazi’s security team defected to NRM

Independent presidential candidate Amama

Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi at a campaign rally recently 

By ALBERT TUMWINE

KAMPALA. A section of members of the independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi’s private security team have cited selfishness as one of the reasons they left the former Prime Minister.
The group led by Mr Peter Tonny Okello and Mr George Sebyala who read a joint press statement on behalf of the 68 member team said Mr Mbabazi and his team had failed to guarantee the group’s safety in case of any risks.

"We want to come out today and say we have left TDA-Go Forward-Uganda and joined president Yoweri Museveni’s camp. Mr Mbabazi is a selfish man who doesn’t care about people he works with," Mr Okello said Monday evening.


The group that was formerly headed by Mr Christopher Aine said they last saw him during the clashes in Ntungamo last year.
On December 13 last year, clashes erupted in Ntungamo District after people dressed in NRM T-shirts and chanting the ruling party slogans collided with Mr Mbabazi’s security team.
Observers say they group is playing safe mode by joining NRM after president Museveni vowed to deal with those who caused suffering on his supporters.

The group was delivered to an NRM office in Bugolobi where most officials are former members of the Go Forward structures.
Mr Godfrey Babi Kimera, an NRM mobiliser, said one of their objectives is to dismantle the GO Forward structures.
“Most of us have been working with Mr Mbabazi and we helped him put up the structures across the country. After realizing the mystery in Mr Mbabazi’s ways we decided to come back home,” said Mr Kimera.
Our efforts to get a comment from the Ms Josephine Mayanja Nkangi the Go Forward spokesperson or her deputy were futile as their known telephone numbers were switched off.

“With my knowledge of NRM and the political environment, the so- called defections are simple dramatics by the ruling party and cannot distract us,” Mr Mbabazi said while addressing a press conference at Lake View Resort Hotel in Mbarara Town on January 20.

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