By Our Reporter
The race for the 2021 general election is fast heating up and as you read this, senior politicians have started defecting from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) to presidential contender Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP), which entered into a coalition with People Power movement.
So far, according to Bobi Wine, NUP has received five Members of Parliament who defected from NRM, several Councillors and LC Chairpersons, yet they expect more to defect the election looms nearer.
Commenting about the legislators that defected from NRM and were welcomed to NUP during a function that was held at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala, on Monday, August 3, 2020, Bobi Wine tweeted that; “Today, we received five Members of Parliament, four Mayors, Deputy Mayors and dozens of councillors who officially joined the National Unity Platform. We also launched nationwide registration of Members. Ours is a #Mission2Freedom. #PeoplePower_OurPower.” Some of the NRM MPs who defected include; Ptrick Nsamba Oshabe (Kasanda County North MP) and John Baptiste Nambeshe, among others.
Bobi Wine is contesting for the presidency against the incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, together with others and the Electoral Commission revealed that all candidates in the race have to use scientific methods of communication to reach out to their voters so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The National Unity Platform (NUP ), whose previous name was National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party is a liberal progressive political party in Uganda led by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
The NUP was led by Moses Nkonge Kibalama, from December 2004 until July 2020. On 14 July 2020, Kyagulanyi assumed leadership of the party and was declared the party flag-bearer in the upcoming February 2021 Ugandan presidential elections.
In July 2017, Bobi Wine was sworn in as the Member of Parliament representing Kyaddondo East Constituency in the 10th Parliament (2016-2021). To win that constituency, he beat two seasoned politicians in a by-election; Sitenda Sebalu of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and Apollo Kantinti of the main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
While running for the Kyaddondo East seat, Kyagulanyi was shunned by both the DP and FDC political parties, so he ran as an Independent candidate. He adopted the People Power slogan as his rallying call, leading to what is referred to as the People Power Movement in Uganda.
On 22 July 2020, the founders of NUP, together with leading personalities from the People Power Movement, disclosed that Bobi Wine had been elected President of NUP and presidential party flag bearer in the upcoming 2021 national elections.
The party is registered with the Uganda Electoral Commission. The party’s symbol is an umbrella in red and white colors.
On 28 July 2020, the party unveiled membership cards that cost USh1,000, an amount they said did not discriminate against social class and would be affordable to every Ugandan.