The national NRM chairman for central region, Hajj Abdul Nadduli, has criticised ruling party leaders for entrusting campaigns cash with few individuals instead of established party offices. Hajj Nadduli said money, released for purposes of mobilisation during campaigns “ends up in pockets of selfish individuals”.
Speaking at the NRM party meeting at Katikamu Sub-county headquarters last Friday, Hajj Nadduli also said he is yet to come to terms with the way the NRM registered a miserably loss in the recently concluded Luweero District Women MP by-election.
NRM’s Rebecca Nalwanga lost to Democratic Party’s Brenda Nabukenya. “It is very unfortunate that our party has denied grass root structures funding yet a few officials have access to this money when it comes to campaigns,” Hajj Nadduli said.
“We were thoroughly beaten by the Opposition in the recent district by-election which was a very good lesson. I was never given money to give party officials for mobilisation. It is sad that this money was shared among individuals from Kampala who could not help the party in terms of mobilisation,” he added.
The veteran NRM politician told the meeting that the party could not reap where it had not sown during the Luweero District Woman MP by-election.
“Luweero District has a total of 606 villages with each village having a representative of the NRM political party. Ask them whether they ever received money for mobilisation. This is a very serious challenge to our party. I could not expect anything good from that campaign,” Hajj Nadduli, who did not mention particular officials taking the money meant for campaign programmes said.
NRM party deputy spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo declined to give a detailed comment on the matter, saying: “I cannot waste time discussing why we lost in Luweero.” Hajj Nadduli also claims he is one of the many party faithful who have very little to show for their loyalty “yet many people who have now gone to the Opposition have benefited from the party.”
The meeting later endorsed President Museveni as sole NRM party candidate for the 2016 general elections. Leaders tasked top party leaders to resolve the deep seated wrangles within the party and honour pledges which they said have been a major precipitator of the party’s woes.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor