By Insight Post Uganda
Mukono Municipality Mayor, Erisa Mukasa Nkoyooyo, has found himself under sharp criticism for his alleged presence at the ‘Museveni Awooma’ concert.
The event was organised by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) members to celebrate and praise the leadership of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
However, his attendance has triggered a turbulence of controversy, particularly among supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) in the area.
Nkoyooyo of NUP, is currently roasted by fellow party members who have called for his immediate resignation, claiming that his repeated attendance at NRM functions is a grave betrayal of their political ideals.
One vocal supporter, Charles Mulindwa, asserts that Nkoyooyo’s frequent attendance at NRM gatherings makes people think less positively of him.
Mulindwa argues that the NRM government’s suspected role in the kidnapping and murder of opposition followers raises doubts about anyone being linked to the party, as it might be seen as endorsing these actions
Joining the voices of those expressing disapproval, Allan Mawanda, the Speaker of Mukono Central Division, highlighted that Nkoyooyo has demonstrated a clear resistance to attending NUP meetings while displaying enthusiasm for NRM events.
According to Mawanda, these events primarily aim to promote NRM’s beliefs rather than concentrating on delivering local government services.
Notably, he attended a function in Mukono in August, hosted by Hadijjah Namyalo, the head of the office of The National Chairman Kyambogo (ONC).
Furthermore, he was a participant in an NRM gathering held at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi in April.
“I know some of my fellow party members are fighting me, I usually pass by these gatherings for good intentions. But their intention is to see me lose the party card in the next coming general elections.” Nkoyoyo reveals.
In response to the growing discontent within his own party, Nkoyooyo defended his actions, stating that his intentions were purely aimed at lobbying for the betterment of his community.
He expressed frustration with what he perceives as a misunderstanding by fellow party members, who he believes are actively working to undermine his position, potentially jeopardizing his party card in the upcoming general elections.
Nkoyooyo boldly declared, “Whether with the NUP card or not, I will stand again for this position and emerge victorious.”
In an attempt to address the ongoing controversy, Mayor Nkoyooyo met with Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament, Betty Nambooze, on Monday. However, their discussions remained closed to the media’s prying eyes.
Meanwhile, the ‘Museveni Awooma’ concert faced unexpected challenges as the president, who was anticipated to be the chief guest, failed to make an appearance.
Organisers had to pivot, selecting Harunah Ssemakula, the NRM district deputy party chairperson, as the chief guest over Twahil Ssebaggala, the main chairperson, who was already present at the event.
The ‘Museveni Awooma’ music album, orchestrated by singer Munamasaka Emma Nsereko, was recently unveiled at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala.
The event was graced by the presence of the president and the first lady, emphasising the significant political and cultural impact of the concert and its surrounding controversies.