“In NRM we are all scared of 2021” Opondo reveals what’s causing NRM downfall

NRM Govt spokesman Ofwono Opondo  says things aren’t good in NRM anymore and fears the ruling party could crumble anytime soon unless urgent reforms are carried out to make the party more attractive to especially young people.

Opondo, who during the Saturday Capital Gang hinted on his exit from public service, says NRM has been hijacked by fortune-hunters and political careerists, something that has pushed ideologically serious cadres to the periphery.

Opondo says NRM has degenerated to a level where positive criticism and ambition has become criminalized and now top officials fear to say anything during Caucus, NEC, CEC & National conference meetings.

This, he says, has made President Museveni to appear like a Catholic Priest whose Sunday Holy Mass Christians attend unquestioningly without ever being permitted to make any criticism regarding the priest’s personal conduct.

Opondo (who has spoken for Museveni for 19 years) repeats what Andrew M. Mwenda said recently that NRM bosses now can only go to places like Makerere University and get an audience to address only if they are given money to give the young people to come and listen to them.

Opondo says unlike opposition supporters (like those of Bobi’s people power) who are hardworking and self-driven, bosses in NRM can’t do any political mobilization unless Yoweri Kaguta Museveni first gives them money.

Opondo advises party members to overcome fear and become outspoken about the problems affecting the masses. If they don’t, they risk becoming irrelevant in the country.

Many have since likened Opondo’s latest critical views (published in Sunday Vision) to the 1999 critical document that preceded Dr. Kizza Besigye’s acrimonious departure from the NRM.

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Lukwago Joseph grew up in a newspaper family, and rumor has it that instead of playing the guitar in his infancy, his parents put a reporter’s notebook and a pen next to him shortly after he turned born eight years. Before becoming editor of UGANDANZ, Lukwago was a parliament news editor for WBS TV. He joined UGANDANZ in July 2018, A few months after the company launched. Lukwago also spent five years as a freelance reporter, where he covered reporting for the highest bidder, intelligence, foreign policy, and Ugandan police. Lukwago graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism and worked on his college newspaper.