MINISTER ANITE LEADS GROUP OF MPS WHO LOST NRM PRIMARIES TO PERSUADE FELLOW LOSERS NOT TO STAND AS INDEPENDENTS OR JOIN OPPOSITION
By Mulengera Reporter
State Minister for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite and a group of ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) MPs have come together to convince others who were floored in the recently held primaries not to stand as independents, and to also shun the opposition political parties.
Almost two weeks ago, Anite lost to Dr Charles Ayume in the race for the Koboko Municipality 2021 NRM parliamentary flag bearer. After days of blaming her opponent for using opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and People Power pressure group members as his agents, and for ferrying voters from areas outside the municipality, Anite has finally decided to lead efforts to push for unity and reconciliation. Anite now says she is willing to work with Ayume to develop Koboko – provided the former Attorney General’s son accepts to go for orientation in the NRM ideology at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi.
With such a gesture of goodwill towards her opponent Ayume, Anite has moved a step further to preach reconciliation between those who won and those who lost, as a way of creating harmony and unity in the party ahead of the 2021 local council, parliamentary and presidential elections.
Anite was joined by other MPs and ministers, who were defeated in the September 04 polls but conceded defeat, at a press conference held at Parliament today to announce the formation of the NRM Reorganization Team. The group includes Charles Ilukor (Kumi County), Michael Tusiime (Mbarara Municipality), Lillian Nakate (Luweero Woman MP), Abraham Byandala, and Amos Mandera (Buyamba County).
The members of the group say that besides convincing other politicians who lost not to stand as independents, they will also encourage them not to give in the temptation to join opposition political parties. Anite used her example as evidence that parties opposed to Museveni are working hard to fish NRM politicians who recently lost in the primaries. She revealed that People Power pressure group’s deputy principal Lina Zedriga had reached out to her, convincing her it was time she quit the NRM and joined Bobi Wine’s People Power. Despite losing in the primaries, the Anite team has also renewed their allegiance to NRM Chairman Yoweri Museveni, pledging to campaign for him in next year’s presidential elections.
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