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NRM leaders distance self from petition seeking Bobi Wine’s help

Fort Portal, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Resistance Movement-NRM party leaders in Fort Portal have distanced themselves from the letter that was written by a section of NRM councilors requesting the National Unity Platform NUP leader, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, to hold a charity concert with the aim of soliciting financial help for two sick councilors.

On October 19, some NRM councilors led by Kenneth Kaliba, the NRM Central division chief whip, wrote to Kyagulanyi requesting him to hold a charity concert to solicit funds for the medical bills of two NRM councilors that are battling serious illnesses.

The sick councilors who both subscribe to the ruling NRM party are; Kenneth Mugabi (Councilor Kagote Ward) who has been battling kidney complications and needs 200 Million Shillings for a kidney transplant in India. The other is Bernard Ategeka, from Kijanju ward in Central Division who needs 65 Million Shillings for a hip replacement at Kumi Orthopedic Hospital.

According to Kaliba, they reached out to the NRM Secretariat seeking help but were not helped, forcing them to seek for alternative avenues to solicit money to help their ailing colleagues.

However, in a letter seen by URN dated October 21, signed by Isagara Nyakaana, the Fort Portal NRM chairperson and Richard Muhumuza, the Fort Portal Central Division Mayor, they disassociated themselves from the leaders.

According to Nyakaana, the grievance should have been addressed to the NRM secretariat.

“The office of the NRM chairperson disassociates itself with a letter purportedly authored by Kenneth Kaliba an NRM councilor Central Division.” All party grievances and concerns are put to the attention of the NRM secretariat not presidents of opponent political parties,” Nyakaana wrote.

John Kusemererwa, the NRM Chairperson of Kabarole district said that he was disappointed in the people who wrote to Kyagulanyi because they could have first consulted the NRM office before taking such a decision.

He adds that two weeks ago, his office had written to the NRM secretariat requesting assistance for Kenneth Mugabi and was still waiting for a response.

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