A section of the National Unity Platform Party supporters in Northern Uganda are still in shock and left in bitterness following a deliberate boycott of the funeral of the former Speaker late Jacob Oulanyah by their leader Robert Kyagulanyi.
Late Oulanyah who passed on from a Hospital in the United States three weeks ago was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Lalogi Sub County in Omoro District on Friday, April 8th.
Whereas a section of NUP supporters from Acholi, Lango and West Nile regions trekked distance and attended the funeral of gallant son, NUP leader, Kaygulanyi deliberately skipped the burial of Oulanyah in exchange of fat allowances in Geneva.
“We are very bitter that Bobi Wine opted to go to Geneva and bag huge allowances and shunned the burial of our own son.As NUP supporters from Northern Uganda, we had expected him to come and mourn with us together. We are so disappointed by his actions,” A disgruntled NUP mobilizer in Gulu Town identified as Joseph Ogenrwot said.
Another source within the security has also confirmed that Bobi Wine after learning of the apparent flaring tempers from his supporters in Northern Uganda, he has opted to rush to the region in what has bee described as a desperate attempt to clean his already soiled face.
The source revealed that Bobi is due to go to Northern Uganda on this weekend after landing from Geneva and stage some few rallies in attempt to make amend and relevance in the region.
According to Ogenrwot, they are not willing to welcome Kyagulanyi in the region since he opted to go and make from Geneva instead of joining them in mourning their fallen son.
Agnes Akidi, 52, a resident of Omoro Town Council and a prominent NUP mobilizer expressed bitterness against Kyagulanyi’s decision to boycott Late Oulanyah’s funeral.
“Traditionally when you friend has lost a loved one, you are supposed to mourn with him beyond political differences. We saw our elder brother Mao actively participating in Oulanyah’s funeral yet he is not even an NRM, in the same way, we had expected our leader Bobi Wine to join us like Mao did,”Akidi lamented.
According Akidi, Bobi should stop his tribalism mentality adding that his action has confirmed the radical behaviours of some of the NUP supporters in the US who demonstrated against Oulanyah’s medical treatment.
Government was however heavily represented by both the Vice President Rtd Maj Jessica Alupo who represented HE President Yoweri Museveni who was in Nairobi on a official state visiting, Prime Minister Robina Nabanja, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, Speaker of Parliament, Hon Anita Among, Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa among others.
President Museveni presented a direct cash support of about Ugx 70M to the family of the deceased in addition to the heavy government support.