By Ivan Mwine
Talks of top government being poisoned have been going on for a long time but no authority had ever come out to address the issue until a few days ago, when the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General, Richard Todwong, broached the subject.
Todwong who was in Omoro District overseeing campaigns for the by-election of the area Member of Parliament on behalf of the NRM, following the demise of former Speaker Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, who was the MP.
He made the remarks on Thursday evening on Twitter when he stated thus;
“@TodwongR: Kidega and I were NRM supporters in Northern Uganda at a time when no one wished to be associated with the NRM party. We were poisoned at one point because of supporting the NRM. In leadership you have to be principled and grounded in knowledge. #NRMIdeologicalClinics.”
The ‘Kidega’ Todwong is referring to, according to our Moles, is Dan Fred Kidega, who is the Speaker for the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), also a staunch NRM member.
However, Todwong did not divulge details of who poisoned him and Kidega or why they wanted them dead, just because of supporting the Party, which is very popular amongst Ugandans.
Meanwhile, the race for the Omoro District MP is raging on stiffly between NRM’s Andrew Ojok Oulanyah, who is late Oulanyah’s son, and other candidates.
He is contesting for the position against Simon Toolit Akecha, of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Oscar Kiiza, of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), Justine Odong of the Democratic Party, plus Jimmy Walter Onen and Terrence Odonga, both Independent candidates.
The hotly contested Moroto District by-election is slated to be held on May 26th, 2022.