NRM to prosecute members for tampering with party register

NRM to prosecute members for tampering with party register
NRM electoral officials at the induction

Several members, including technical staff, coordinators and registrars, have been trained and issued with guidelines for registration and update of the NRM membership register.

KAMPALA | The National Resistance Movement (NRM) is set to roll out mass registration of party members and update of its register.

The exercise is scheduled to take place from March 13 to March 17, although it has already commenced.

Several members, including technical staff, coordinators and registrars, have been trained and issued with guidelines for registration and update of the NRM membership register.

“Without proper unity, there is nothing we can achieve,” said NRM First National Vice Chairman Moses Kigongo as he opened the training at the party offices at Kyadondo Road, Nakasero.

Kigongo added: “After this, we are going to start approaching the people; the work we are going to do involves mobilisation, which requires discipline. Don’t use abusive language; instead, try to persuade people by explaining to some members that they may be hesitant.”

According to the guidelines, the registrars who are going to be based at village level will put emphasis on capturing details of the members including age, gender, NIN, among other details

The register, the chairperson of the NRM electoral commission Tang Odoi said, will be used in the election of party leadership.

Controversy has often surrounded the NRM register especially when it comes to internal party elections.

There have always been reports of missing persons in the register while others have accused others of adding non existent members.

Now the party has issued "stringent guidelines" to avoid tampering with the register.

According to the issued guidelines, section 5(Viii), "Anyone who tampers with the register by putting on it details a person that is not a member or nonexistent, or removes the details of a person supposed to be on the register without good or valid reason shall be prosecuted."

Moses Kigongo at a past NRM activity | Courtesy

No interference

Kigongo cautioned the officials to desist from interfering in matters not related to their mandated roles.

“The people of Uganda are waiting for you," he said. "I want everybody to keep their line. Don’t interfere in things that don’t concern you other than the mission taking you.”

NRM Deputy Secretary General Rose Namayanja said the dispatched teams are required to commit even for longer hours to deliver a credible exercise.

According to Namayanja, the activity shall include ridding the register of deceased members, those who relocated to other areas, or those who joined other political parties, as well as welcoming those who are joining the NRM.

“I implore you to take this exercise very seriously," she said.

"This is both our membership and voter registration. It requires due diligence to ensure that eligible members are not left out."

Odoi reiterated the significance of an updated register in conducting fair and transparent internal elections during the 2026 general elections.

"An updated register will prevent the chaos and disagreements among party members that we witnessed in certain areas during previous primaries," Tanga said.

The NRM National Chairman, President Museveni, is scheduled to launch the NRM Register update exercise on Wednesday, February 28.

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