NRM’s Youth Power to spend shs150M daily to counter Bobi’s People Power Movement

Members of Generation Seven pressure group jubilating during its launch at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala yesterday. Photo by Shamim Saad

Ahead of the 2021 general elections, a new group dubbed, Generation Seven (G7), was yesterday formed by the National Resistance Movement (NRM)-leaning youth.

The group was formed with a view of countering People Power, another pressure group led by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

Gilbert Olinga, the coordinator of G7, said the group, which largely consists of youth born under President Yoweri Museveni’s regime, will be “giving credit to the leadership of Museveni and the achievements registered by his government.”

“G7 is a peaceful and motivational pressure group that has been created having been inspired by, majorly, the seven great achievements to Uganda as a nation under the leadership of Museveni,” he said.

Olinga, who addressed journalists yesterday at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, said Museveni’s “seven great achievements” are education, security, wealth creation, industrialization, infrastructure development, health, and democracy.

“Uganda is unstoppable under NRM and this gives reason to the G7 to stand and tell the world and thank the chairman, supreme leader of NRM, Museveni,” he said.

Dressed in yellow T-shirts emblazoned with Museveni’s portrait, the group first held a meeting at NRM electoral commission chairman Dr. Tanga Odoi’s office on Kyadondo Road in Nakasero. The group later marched to Imperial Royale Hotel for a planning meeting.

“We are not a political party, but a pressure group. We are a generation of Museveni’s era,”

Maria Mirembe, a member of the G7, told journalists. The NRM party yesterday welcomed the group, saying they are ready to fund it to popularise Museveni and the party’s achievements over the years.

She revealed that they plan to use a daily budget of shs150 Million to counter the ‘lies and deceptions’ spread by Bobi wine people power movement

“There has been a perception presented by Opposition and People Power that youth do not like Museveni.

“This pressure group presents an opportunity for youth to illustrate this love for NRM and Museveni. We shall facilitate them and give them the mandate to do the work,”

Rogers Mulindwa, a communication officer at the NRM secretariat, said. According to a brochure issued by the group, they spent sh83.52m to organize the event, which attracted 2,015 guests. 

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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.