The opposition Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) has sent its best wishes to former Jinja East legislator, Paul Mwiru, for his decision to join the National Unity Platform (NUP). Mwiru, along with other leaders, was unveiled by NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his visit to Jinja to inaugurate the Eastern regional offices of his party on Nizamu Road in Jinja city.
The list of unveiled leaders also included Hamidu Kimaka, the Eastern region coordinator for ANT, Madox Lugada, the spokesperson for Busoga Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), National Resistance Movement (NRM) councillors from Kamuli district, NRM supporters from Mayuge, Bugiri, and Iganga districts, as well as local musicians, among others.
ANT, in a statement, expressed their well wishes to Mwiru as he transitions to his new political home. They acknowledged Mwiru’s significant role in the party’s decision-making process and lamented that his departure would be felt within the party.
“The Alliance for National Transformation continues its painstaking and deliberate process of developing and deploying value-based leaders, men and women of conviction, towards the change of political culture in Uganda. ANT will continue to work with other political parties, organizations, well-meaning individuals, and stakeholders to bring about a meaningful transition in Uganda,” said Alice Alaso, the ANT national coordinator.
After officially becoming a full member of the NUP, Mwiru emphasized that his decision to join the party was driven by the need to collectively fight against “political impunity” in the country. He clarified that he was not seeking positions within the party, but rather joining the struggle to bring about fairness in society.
Mwiru further stated that he would work diligently to mobilize support and strengthen the movement in his home region, with the goal of unseating President Museveni, who, according to Mwiru, has established unfair institutions such as the courts of law, the electoral commission, and the security apparatus. It is worth noting that Mwiru was initially a staunch member of the Democratic Party (DP) before joining the FDC and later ANT.