Lack Of Funds Hit NRM Party Activities In Hoima

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The ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM Party activities in Hoima have almost ground to a halt due to financial constraints. Yunus Mugabe, the district party secretary general says of the 17 caucuses supposed to be elected in the district, only five have so far been put in place.

The ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM Party activities in Hoima have almost ground to a halt due to financial constraints.

The party has failed in its mobilization activities and election of party caucuses at various levels in the district.

Yunus Mugabe, the district party secretary general says of the 17 caucuses supposed to be elected in the district, only five have so far been put in place.

According to Mugabe, the party is meant to have these caucuses right from Sub County up to district and national level, but due to lack of funds few of these have been instituted in Hoima.

These caucuses comprise all party flag bearers and party-leaning independents.

The secretary general explains that the caucuses are meant to help members consult and discuss issues of interest for the party’s common stand before they are deliberated on in the various councils.

Mugabe says absence of these caucuses has often resulted into contradictions and conflicts among party members as they do not come together to take a common stand on issues of interest.

On the long standing Hoima boma ground land give-away controversy, the ruling party has since failed take a common stand as even party members appear parallel in as far as the giveaway is concerned.

Elifaz Rujumba, the Hoima NRM administrative secretary says although 1.4million shillings had been budgeted for the election of these caucuses in the district, only 100,000 shillings was raised.

Rujumba says the 100,000 shillings was used in election of the five caucuses in Hoima municipality and Buhanika Sub County.

He explains that without funds, the party cannot afford holding radio talk shows and carryout any sort of mobilization.

The official was however optimistic that by January next year the party will have gotten funds to put in place all the caucuses and rejuvenate mobilization activities at all levels.

Party officials attribute these financial woes to the party’s dependence on handouts without an alternative source of funding.

In other political parties, a membership fee is paid in order to be recruited, which is not the case in NRM. The party only depends on individual contributions by members of parliament, LC5 Chairpersons and other well wishers.