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Miria Obote pleads with UPC party deserters

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th October 2007 03:00 AM

MEMBERS of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party who left it for other parties should return, its president has appealed.

MEMBERS of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party who left it for other parties should return, its president has appealed.

By Nathan Etengu

MEMBERS of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party who left it for other parties should return, its president has appealed.

Miria Kalule Obote said the members could help rebuild the party that she said had faced hardships in the last 21 years.

“The party is still alive. There is, therefore, no need for you to seek refuge in other political parties,” she told a public rally at the Mbale Cricket Grounds on Saturday.

“Our hope is in the youth because they are the new forests we can rely on,” she said at the event held to commemorate the death of the UPC founder president and former head of state, Dr. Apollo Milton Obote.

Miria admitted that internal wrangles could have caused some of the departures.

“I would like to invite those who could have felt that they were unfairly treated to come back and revitalise the party for the future generations.”

Miria said her party, which twice led the country, had left visible landmarks.

UPC, Miria said, was committed to fighting ignorance, disease and poverty if it was given another opportunity to lead the country.

She dismissed the Government’s Bonna Bagaggawale programme as a non-starter, saying it could not address poverty.

She noted that many beneficiaries would use the money to settle more pressing demands like paying school fees other than investing in business.

Miria Obote pleads with UPC party deserters

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