Jinja: The National Unity Platform Party (NUP) is standing firm on its decision to continue its mobilization tour despite police directives to suspend these activities. The police issued the suspension after NUP leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, allegedly made inciting remarks.
Hon. John Baptist Nambeshe, the Vice President of NUP for the Eastern region, as well as the Opposition Chief Whip in Parliament and the legislator for Manjia County in Bududa district, insists that the NUP, as a recognized political party, does not require prior permission from security agencies to hold gatherings. Instead, they simply notify the police to provide security.
“It is a great thank you to the people of Busoga for the enthusiastic welcome to the party president during the first phase of his mobilization tour in Mayuge, it is really the spirit we need to exhibit as we yearn for a new Uganda,” said Nambeshe.
Nambeshe expressed gratitude to the people of Busoga for their warm welcome during the first phase of the mobilization tour in Mayuge. He emphasized that this enthusiastic reception is precisely the spirit needed as they work toward a new Uganda.
Following Bobi Wine’s overseas engagements, the second phase of the tour is set to commence. Nambeshe confirmed that Bobi Wine would be engaging with the Ugandan community in South Africa, Johannesburg, on October 3, 2023, and meeting with pro-democracy leaders from across the continent on October 4. He is expected to return to Uganda on October 5, after which the party will immediately launch the second phase of the tour.
“The group is not afraid of any actions from police and believes that their phase two mobilization campaign will also be successful with huge crowds. The tours are aimed at preaching the word of ‘change’ among Ugandans and exposing the irritating governance of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) regime,” said Mose Bigirwa, the party’s head of mobilization in Busoga.
Despite the police’s suspension, the NUP remains undeterred and believes that the second phase of the mobilization campaign will also draw significant crowds. These tours aim to advocate for change among Ugandans and shed light on what the NUP sees as the problematic governance of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) regime.
Mose Bigirwa, the head of mobilization for NUP in Busoga, is determined that their activities are lawful and that no one can obstruct their movement as they seek to grow the party.