President Yoweri Museveni welcomed National Unity Platform (NUP) members to the NRM, the party whose flag he is holding in the 2020/21 general elections.
The NUP members that defected to the ruling party include flag bears, leaders and supporters and they are from districts of Nakaseke, Luwero and Busoga.
He hosted them at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district on December 26.
While receiving them, the president noted that they had joined a that is clearheaded and with correct ideology embedded in its core values of patriotism, pan-Africanism, democracy and socio-economic Transformation, reads a statement on Nrm.ug.
The defectors later handed in their NUP membership cards and were dressed in NRM T-shirts bearing Museveni’s portrait.
President Museveni asked the converts to shun violence and politics of identity instead work towards national unity and development.
Today in Rwakitura, I hosted 200 members of the National Unity Platform who joined us in the NRM Party. I promise to work with this group in identifying the current challenges faced by the youth so that we can seek remedies together. #SecuringYourFuture. pic.twitter.com/4B03pfG0yc— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) December 27, 2020
Last week while receiving NUP coordinators in Bunyoro subregion, Museveni said that he was working towards more converts from the rest of the opposition parties.
The NUP party since October has lost close to eight MP flagbearers, a couple of party leaders and supporters to the NRM from various districts across the country.
Some of these include Zaituni Yahaya Bibikola for Semabula woman seat, Harriet Musumba for Bundibugyo, Twalib Osama for Kumi county, Robinson Lackara, NUP registrar in northern Uganda among others.
According to former NUP registrar in northern Uganda, Robinson Lackara, his defecting to NRM is linked with NUP principles who he accuses of preaching hate and pushing for violence, reads the statement.