Kitgum, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Northern Uganda based musician William Otim alias Bosmic Otim has denounced his membership in the ruling National Resistance Movement party-NRM.
In a two-minute recorded audio that has gone viral on social media, the troubled musician turned politician alleges he has never liked the party but joined it to save his life that was under threat.
Otim defected to the NRM party in 2020, from the National Unity Platform (NUP) party where he had been serving as a mobilizer for Northern Uganda.
According to Otim, he never genuinely supported President Museveni and had been all along pretending as an NRM loyalist to postpone a plot to kill him. He however didn’t mention those who were behind the plot.
Otim alleges that President Museveni doesn’t pay attention to peace talks adding that his ways of work are mostly through coercion.
“Museveni doesn’t understand the language of peace talks, he doesn’t know peace. Most of his work is through intimidation,” he said.
The Gulu NRM Chairperson James Ocen however says they are unbothered about his defection arguing that there is free entry and exit in the NRM party.
He however notes that Otim’s conduct has given them a lesson to learn on who their genuine members are and the opportunists, adding that in the next registration, they will be keen on assessing the new members.
Otim held the NRM flag for Chua West Constituency in Kitgum district in the January 2021 parliamentary elections but lost to Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate Philip Okin Ojara.
He has however been in the spotlight recently after posing with guns and ammunition while threatening some individuals and calling for the killing of people he alleges are against the Acholi.
The police in Aswa River Region recently picked interest in investigating Otim’s remarks and poses with guns yet he is a civilian.
It’s believed the disgruntled musician is in hiding in the neighboring South Sudan where he fled some two months ago fearing arrest from Ugandan security personnel.