Opinion: How many youth groups does the NRM need?

The National Resistance Movement (NRM), the ruling regime of the Republic of Uganda. Are having special organizations, but for the youths they are having much more than before. Even if the NRM are only having officially the NRM Youth League.

Within the last few years there are more than that. Like before the former election the NRM got the NRM Poor Youths. Within the last two weeks there has gotten more groups within the umbrella of the NRM.

The first one was NRM Isolated Youths. Than just mere 48 hours, the launch of the NRM Yellow Power came too. Now, today its officially stated the NRM has a new pressure group, the NRM Generation Seven (7).

This means the NRM have these Youth Organizations, one official and four unofficial:

NRM Youth-League (Official)

NRM Poor Youth (Unofficial) – Launched 2015

NRM Isolated Youth (Unofficial) – Launched 5th November 2019

NRM Yellow Power (Unofficial) – Launched 6th November 2019

NRM Generation Seven (Unofficial) Launched 7th November 2019

We can really see what is up. There are plenty of organizations, but only one which is official. That’s the NRM-YL is the one that is sanctioned by the NRM itself. The rest is launched, but not official yet. They are not even on the web-page of the party.

We are also seeing this is happening quickly, all of it as an response to the People Power Movement. That is why Generation Seven is a NRM Pressure Group. Yellow Power is a direct play of the colour of the party and also twisting the message like the youths know. The isolated youths, are just trying to buy relevance like the Poor Youth. Both of them trying to find a meal ticket.

Certainly, this is all preparation of 2021 and find ways of being vibrant. Still, these are just preoccupations of the NRM. The NRM regime is trying to find ways to get the youth whose following Bobi Wine to get hooked by the party. Not through the direct NRM, but youth organizations. That’s why these are mushrooming, also because many are hungry and unemployed. Therefore, the NRM are ending up like this.

We can wonder, how much swagger and how much these really will matter. The NRM-YL haven’t done much. Neither has the Poor Youth. The Isolated Youths, Yellow Power and Generation Seven are new outfits. They might amount to something, if not one-man bands for envelopes. We don’t know, but this doesn’t seem like a winning formula. Peace.

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