Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Andrew Mwenda, the Managing Director of Independent Publications Limited and a leading political commentator, has registered as a member of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and says he seeks a ticket to be its president and presidential candidate in next year’s election.
Soon after People Power’s Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine announced NUP as their political vehicle, he said the party had held a delegates conference early in July at which he was elected president and flag bearer.
Mwenda however insists that “there should be a delegates conference to elect a party leader and I will contest.”
After he received his membership card, he insisted that, “I noticed that many assume Bobi Wine is the sole presidential candidate by anointment. That also must be rejected.”
Mwenda’s decision to go to the NUP offices followed an argument on live TV this morning on NBS, where he said he can prove that the ‘new’ party was intolerant, and would not allow him register.
After the show, he drove to Kamwokya to register, and later admitted he was surprised they allowed him to.
HE EXPLAINS WHY
Letter to People Power – NUP
So today I went to the head office of NUP expecting to be lynched!
I was prepared to die at the hands of what I thought was largely a collection of intolerant radical extremists.
To my surprise, and except for a few noisy radicals, the young people I met there received me well and with overt excitement.
I went to NUP to register as a member, pick forms to be nominated as candidate for both party leadership and party presidential candidate! I will be running against Bobi Wine for both positions.
Some radicals tried to threaten me but some young ladies held their ground and told them off that I am a citizen of Uganda and welcome to join NUP. I was impressed.
So now I formally declare my intention to seek both the presidency of NUP and to be the party presidential candidate in the next elections.
I will bring civility, strategy, policy awareness, political depth, military and security knowledge and connections, regional and international experience, a large network of contacts across the country, region and globe, and the best fundraising skills the opposition in Uganda desperately need.
First we need to make NUP democratic!
The party has anointed a president, Bobi Wine – the very sin it claims to be fighting in NRM.
There should be a delegates conference to elect a party leader and I will contest.
Second, I noticed that many assume Bobi Wine is the sole presidential candidate by anointment. That also must be rejected.
So I am calling for a debate between me and Bobi Wine on the future of NUP and the strategy to defeat Museveni!
I call upon all party members to rally behind this call for internal democracy in NUP. As the noble Mugisha Muntu never tires of telling us, you cannot give what you do not have.
NUP cannot give democracy to Uganda it it cannot practice it internally!
NUP after all are not as radical as I previously thot! I visited their head office, registered as a member, then picked forms to become presidential candidate. I found @HEBobiwine, like @KagutaMuseveni was being treated as sole presidential candidate for the party. pic.twitter.com/WdB6IxMEfO
— Andrew M. Mwenda (@AndrewMwenda) August 7, 2020