Security operatives on Wednesday blocked a group of NRM youths opposed to the Kyankwanzi resolution to front Yoweri Museveni as the sole NRM party candidate in the 2016 elections from attending a meeting convened by the president at Wash and Wills Country home in Mbale Town.
The president met NRM youths leaders drawn from Eastern Uganda to discuss problems within the youth party structures and issues affecting the youth movement in Uganda.
However, more than 20 youths believed to be pro-Mbabazi supporters led by Yasin Kawanguzi Wabomba, the Northern Division Youth councilor were blocked by security from accessing the venue.
The group was turned away by security at the main entrance claiming that they were not in the category of youths targeted for the meeting. Pleas by the youth leaders that they were invited for the meeting fell on deaf ears. The angry youths attempted to force their way into the venue prompting the intervention of the Presidential Guard Brigade (PGB).
Earlier before the group was blocked Wabomba had accused Peter Ogwang and Evelyn Anite, the Eastern and Northern Youths MPs respectively of deleting their names from the list of participants and replacing them with unidentified people who were bribed to support the sole candidature campaign. Wabomba said that the entire team of youth from Nakapiripirit and Napak districts was blocked from the meeting.
James Wadada, the Busamaga west Parish NRM youth chairperson also claimed that some of the participants were bribed to attend the meeting to back the Kyankwanzi, which they have flatly rejected.
James Masaba, the Bunghoko North NRM youth secretary cautioned Museveni not to be deserved that majority of the youths in Bugisu region are in support of sole candidature.
Peter Ogwang and Evelyn Anite, the Eastern and Northern Youths MPs couldn’t be reached to substantiate the claims by the youths. During the scuffle at the hotel entrance, the operatives roughed up Nathan Ngobi, a Red Pepper scribe who was following the event. The operatives grabbed Ngobi’s grabbed Ngobi’s camera and deleted all the pictures he taken during at the event and asked him to leave.