Four legislators in the August House have today officially crossed to Robert Kyagulanyi’s National Unity Platform (NUP) Party.
These include Patrick Nsamba of Kassanda and John Baptist Nambese of Manjiya County who until today have been members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
The others include Independents -Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake and Busujju County’s David Kalwanga.
Speaking at the ceremony to welcome the new members in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine extolled the group for standing their ground as far as the fight for good governance is concerned.
Kyagulanyi warned party members against name calling those who cross from the ruling NRM party.
“Like I wrote in the past on Social Media, we don’t doubt people that come from the oppressor’s side to join the forces of change,” he alluded.
On his part, Nsamba urged all NRM members who are not comfortable with the way their party is run to jump ship.
Bobi has since announced plans to stand for President in the 2021 polls. He faces other opposition aspirants and the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni.
This is the first time that NRM lawmakers are officially joining an opposition party in the last few years.
The move could pile pressure on NRM which is working around the clock to maintain and show unity as the 2021 election fever heats up.
“Many of you are uncomfortable with the system, take a decision. Take a decision to be part of Ugandans,” said Nsamba.
“Be part of this Movement, a movement that seeks to bring a transition in this country using peaceful means,” he added without explaining why he left NRM.
The new members were given membership cards by Bobi Wine.
Zaake intimated that NUP is here to obliterate the NRM and not Opposition parties as has been said.
“We are here to step on the NRM and make sure that the NRM is chased out of Uganda’s politics,” he retorted.
Several division mayors including Makindye’s Ali Mulyanyama also crossed to NUP.