As if NRM having 14 un oppossed members of Parliament in 14 constituencies is not enough, well, with less than a month to the general elections, many NUP supporters and flag bearers have denounced NUP/Mr Robert Kyagulanyi and pledged support to NRM/President Museveni.
Flagbearers of the National Unity Platform (NUP) have started ditching their presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine over alleged swindled campaign funds.
During nomination, Bobi Wine pledged to fully facilitate NUP flagbearers by paying for them nomination fees as well give them funds to run their campaigns at different levels.
Whereas NUP fully paid nomination fees for all their flagbearers, campaign money that Bobi Wine promised them has not been released with only about 3 weeks left to the January 14th general elections.
According to inside sources, facilitation for NUP flagbearers has not been processed following a huge alleged corruption scandal where over $10m (Shs 37b) foreign donation has been swindled by top NUP officials.
Apparently, part of the money was to facilitate all the Party activities ahead of the 2021 elections as each of the flag bearers was expected to bag atleast Shs20m for the campaigns.
According to records, EC nominated 4,955 NUP candidates as flagbearers for all elective positions with 182 for directly elected MP seat and 60 woman MP contestants and 47 district chairpersons.
Other sources say that whereas the bigger chunk of money has been swindled, some of the money has been frozen in Bank accounts by government following non-compliance with the Anti-money laundering Act and Parliamentary Elections Act and the Presidential Elections Act which bars candidates contesting for presidential and parliamentary positions to obtain funding from foreign countries or institutions. This could be partly the same reason as to why Mr Nicholas Opiyo and colleague have had to spend this Christmas season behind cells, it is alleged that he had over $340,000/= (Thirty Four Thousand Dollars) on his bank account and he has to explain his source of this amount of money and the purpose. We will not indulge much into Mr Opiyo’s case since it is in court. Him and colleagues are unfortunate because we are in a hot political season where we are left with just three weeks to the general elections, Police and Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) are doing there work, whether elections are here or not. Let us wait to hear court’s decision.
In most parts of the country especially in Sebei, Teso, Bugisu and Busoga, NUP flagbearers have started defecting to other political parties citing lack of transparency, honesty and trust among party leadership. They say Bobi Wine promised them heaven on earth and has failed to live to his word by giving them campaign money.
In Busia alone, 325 NUP supporters including flagbearers for Samia Bugwe North and Samia Bugwe South constituencies have all crossed to NRM. In Sebei, top regional NUP mobilizers also crossed to the ruling party while the same defections happened in the districts of Kumi, Amuria, Namayingo, Kamuli etc.
Also in Bunyoro region, NUP flagbearer for Hoima East MP race Jackson Atugonza Jackson and flagbearer for Hoima woman MP Rachael Ainebyoona are among those who have officially crossed to NRM.
Those still out there wondering who to vote for on January 14th 2021, Mr Museveni Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa is still the right choice for majority Ugandans, vote for a secured peaceful future.
The doors to the wining team of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa/NRM are still open, you are all welcome.