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‘NRM has not endorsed Awori’

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th December 2007 03:00 AM

THE National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has not endorsed Aggrey Awori as its candidate for the Samia Bugwe North parliamentary by-election.

THE National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has not endorsed Aggrey Awori as its candidate for the Samia Bugwe North parliamentary by-election.

By Egessa Hajusu

THE National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has not endorsed Aggrey Awori as its candidate for the Samia Bugwe North parliamentary by-election.

The party secretary general, Amama Mbabazi, dismissed claims that President Yoweri Museveni and other top party leaders had imposed Awori on the people of Samia Bugwe.

In a speech read for him by the minister without portfolio, Dorothy Hyuha, at the official welcoming of Awori into NRM at the Busia party office on Sunday, Mbabazi said Kampala would not determine a candidate for the by-election.

“We are not going to seat in Kampala and decide who should be the candidate. Busia residents will decide whether to vote for or reject Awori.”

Referring to the parable of the prodigal son, Hyuha said Awori was the lost son who had come back and repented to his father.

She assured the other party faithful that they were appreciated just like the prodigal son’s elder brother.

NRM supporters, Hyuha advised, should practice clean politics and continue marketing the party. She equated the party to a bus that keeps picking passengers and lets those who are tired alight.

She also wondered whether the opposition would ever rule the country, considering the numerical strength of the NRM in terms of MPs and local leaders.

A jovial Awori, who kept chanting NRM slogans, punctuated with the phrase ‘Museveni jju’, said he had come back home after being given the NRM card no 1233786. Crossing to the NRM, Awori observed, would help him serve his people better.

He added that he left the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party because it lacked political opportunities. He vowed to woo all his UPC supporters to join the NRM.

He, however, did not hand over his UPC card, saying he had taken it back to the party where it belonged.

‘NRM has not endorsed Awori’

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