Bobi Wine denounced
But some refused to be part of the Bobi Wine team to avoid the confusion. The Soroti Municipality Speaker Isaac Elakuna refused a position on the team saying he is a staunch member of FDC.
“Dear friends, I have read my name being circulated on social media as one of the people power coordinators in Teso… this is all good gestures but I want to categorically make it clear that I am a staunch member of FDC and I do not have any intentions of changing my political affiliation.”
But some like Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuga of the DP are not apologetic for abandoning their political parties.
“The reason we have chosen People Power is to identify with Ugandans. My voters in Masaka fully support my decision,” he says.
He says the motivation to join the People Power group is a higher call of duty to defend the nation’s failing democracy.
Parties, he says, are dysfunctional and have failed to move the struggle forward. “Talking about my party DP in particular,” he adds, “it has become difficult for Mao to move the party forward. The environment in which the parties are supposed to function isn’t conducive and this has bred frustration.”
“Parties haven’t reached certain areas. DP hasn’t reached Karamoja for example; I haven’t heard DP in Mbale or in Paliisa. The DP message doesn’t resonate with the electorate because they don’t know it but they know People Power. We need to reach all these people without any limiting factors. I am therefore more preoccupied with change than with my party.”
Mpuuga says Ugandans are very frustrated and it became clear that there was a need for a platform that cuts across parties.
“Ugandans need a motivation beyond parties and it has always been the case. In 2001, DP, even though it was in abeyance due to the legal regime, supported Kizza Besigye, in 2006 , when DP had an official Presidential Candidate –Ssebaana Kizito, many of its members supported Besigye because he represented an opportunity for regime change. The desperation for change will always compel people to support individuals if they think the parties cannot do much.”