PAKWACH. Pakwach district National Resistance Movement (NRM) party members have elected former Nebbi district chairman as their head.

Mr Robert Okumu was elected unopposed on Tuesday afternoon at Pakwach town council after his close rival Mr Abraham Wahab stepped down in the last minutes of picking nomination forms.

The party chairman was elected along with other 22 party executives to fill up the vacant party positions in the structure.

The elections were conducted in all the newly created 55 districts across the country.

The delighted incoming NRM chairman promised to build party cohesion and tackle internal bickering that has divided the party members in the district.

"I want to appreciate all the district party members for electing me unopposed. My first role is to open up offices in all parishes and sub-counties as well as leading the party members to the delegate’s conference," Okumu stated.

He continued: "I also want to promote transparency and accountability by letting people understand how the party structures work.”

Okumu also promised to unite the party members and preach the NRM ideology for the growth of its members and subsequently, win the forth coming party and general elections.

Internal bickering, divisions, mistrust and suspicion within the part led to the defeat of Mr Jacan Omach, the then Member of Parliament for Jonam county by FDC’s Emmanuel Ongiertho in 2016 general elections.

Mr Fred Mugisha, the Pakwach district NRM administrator warned the party members against defecting to other political parties on the basis of ideological differences.

“Pakwach is a very strong NRM stronghold but minor disagreements have torn the party apart and the opposition is taking advantage which must be addressed by all of us," he said.

Mugisha added that corrective measures must be established from grassroots for robust capture of power and tackling greed among the aggrieved party members.

Mr Robert Omito Steen, the party publicity secretary appreciated the level of maturity exhibited by the leaders elected and urged other members to emulate the smooth strengthening of the party.