and Fred Turyakira
THE UPC presidential candidate, Olara Otunnu, has invited NRM members who lost in party primary elections and are unhappy with their party to join UPC.
Otunnu made the remarks while receiving Gideon Mugisha, who crossed from NRM to UPC. Mugisha lost to Milichiadis Kajenge in NRM elections for the Ibanda district LC5 chairmanship. He claims the vote was rigged.
Mugisha was given a UPC T-shirt and party card and said this time he would stand as UPCâ€™s candidate for the Ibanda North parliamentary seat.
Otunnu was on Wednesday campaigning in Mbarara district. He held rallies in Rubindi and Bwizibwera in Kashari county, Kinoni in Rwampara and held his main rally at Mbarara municipalityâ€™s Boma Grounds.
â€œMany people have crossed to UPC and today I am receiving Mugisha from Ibanda. I am calling upon all people who lost in NRM to join UPC, like Gucwamingi. He should come back home in UPC.â€
Michael Tusiime Gucwamingi contested in the NRM primary elections for Mbarara Municipality but lost to Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo. Gucwamingi claimed the votes were rigged.
Otunnu said: â€œI came back to this country with a mission to sweep President Museveni away from State House and I know Museveni will not sleep well tonight when he knows that I was here in Mbarara, because I am the only man giving him headache.â€
Otunnu promised to re-unite Ugandans and use government money to rebuild collapsed hospitals, roads and schools and also fight poverty through re-instating cooperatives.
Maj. Edward Rurangaranga, the UPC national chairman, had earlier told people that all infrastructure the UPC government put in place was in a bad state
â€œGo to Kiryandongo Hospital. There is no toilet. Go to Kitagata Hospital. There are no doctors, nurses or drugs. During our time patients had always cried to stay at Kitagata Hospital even when they got well because they were feeding better at hospital than at home,â€ he said.
Otunnu tells NRM vote losers to join UPC