The National Resistance Movement (NRM) which has been in power for over 35 years has now been thrown into total panic and fear for losing the 2021 general elections after its powerful members have crossed to National Unity Platform (NUP) which is headed by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
The NRM Members who left the Ruling party shaking and panicking after their departure included John Baptist Nambeshe who represents Manjiya County, Patrick Nsamba Oshabe for Kassanda County and David Kalwanga Busujju County. Others who also joined Bobi Wine with NUP Party were Hajji Latif Ssebaggala Independent and represents Kawempe North and Francis Zaake Mityana Municipality.
The five members were ushered to thousands of NUP members today morning by party President Hon Robert Kyagulanyi at Party Headquarters based in Kamwokya.
Bobi Wine recently took over the leadership of NUP political party as president, after buying it from Moses Nkonge Kibalama who said this was a merger between NUP and People Power at the party’s delegates conference on 14th July.
“The National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party was formed in December 2004 and we certified government requirements. We are up to date, there is nothing lacking in terms of accountability; we come here with clean hands,” Kibalama said during the party unveiling ceremony.
Kibalama also noted that the partnership between his party and People Power has been in the making since Bobi Wine won the parliamentary elections in Kyadondo East in 2017.
“We followed him closely and wondered how his message echoed our inner feelings. We admired Kyagulanyi for that matter because the issues he was concerned with were issues of Ugandans. We reached out to him and we have been talking since then.”
According to Bobi Wine, when they started the People Power Movement about three years ago, they had lengthy discussions about whether or not to register it as a political party. Their analysis led them to the conclusion that it was both untimely and impractical to form a political party. In any case, they were alive to the fact that the regime would foil any attempt to register the movement as a political party.
“Indeed, at the end of 2018, our legal team tried to reserve the name People Power, just in case we needed to formally register at some point. As expected, we found that this name had been reserved and flagged so that we could not register it,” the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament said in a statement last Wednesday.
Bobi Wine further noted that right from 2018, their message has always been mission 2021 but for weeks and months, there has been one question from their supporters, ” What symbol shall we use in this election?”
“A few weeks back when we announced the call for expression of interest, over 10,000 people responded so that they run under our platform. Every day, we have been receiving countless calls about one thing- what is the symbol? Expectedly, all our people would want to have a uniform symbol for liberation. They know that if they go into this election as independents, the regime will ensure that the symbol which I have is not available to any other of our candidates. Therefore we must act, and act now. And today, I am very happy to announce the answer to this question.”
“Having realised that the People Power Movement itself would never be registered by the Museveni regime, it became very urgent and expedient to find a solution. And so, a few months back, when we predicted that we would find ourselves in this situation, we embarked on finding a solution. We set out to silently identify a Platform, which we would use to answer this question.
The presidential hopeful also disclosed that in the coming days, they shall embark on a process of formalising the People Power Alliance to cater for their comrades and political leaders who belong to other registered political organizations.