About 50 youths from Northern Uganda were Tuesday morning denied entry to the Nakasero State Lodge where they had gone to meet with President Yoweri Museveni.
The members of the Acholi NRM Concern Youths reportedly arrived at the highly guarded facility in the morning only to be told that they had no clearance to see the President.
Speaking to our reporter, the group’s Regional Coordinator Mr. Stephen Odokorach said they wanted to present to the president their project proposals.
“We had planned to meet the President in May when he was in Gulu but we failed to meet him because of his busy schedules and that is why we have decided to travel and meet him at his residence.’’
Mr. Odokorach said they were certain about the president’s presence at the State Lodge, and that if he was made aware that they were outside, he would have wanted to meet them.
News about the NRM youths getting stranded was first shared on social media where many other youth leaders and activists criticized them for being ‘beggars’’
Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, an NRM supporter and Social Media activist in a post said “This is beyond our norms and culture as the Acholi people; we are not beggars. Why go to Kampala when you have no appointment?’’
Opposition politicians also weighed in such as the Former Gulu Municipality Member of Parliament, Christopher Acire of FDC party, who even offered transportation of the stranded youths back home to avoid embarrassment.