National Unity Platform (NUP) party has on Friday declared Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine as its presidential flag bearer in the forthcoming 2021 polls.
“I want to thank all of you for entrusting me with this position and promise you that I shall bring the crown home in 2021,” Kyagulanyi noted.
To many, this declaration comes as the final blow to veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda’s ‘dreams’ of taking over the leadership of the party and becoming its flag bearer.
Kyagulanyi’s sole-candidature was backed by the fact that nobody else picked nomination forms for the NUP party presidential post, which were availed two weeks ago.
Mwenda’s journey was deterred in its baby steps when Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesperson, informed the public that he (Mwenda) had picked the nomination forms for LC 1 Councilors not for presidency as he thought.
“We advise Andrew Mwenda to come and pick the correct nomination forms,” Joel said two weeks ago.
Although Mwenda promised to pick the correct nomination forms, he did not show up as the NUP party electoral commission disclosed.
Mathias Mpuga, the Vice president NUP in charge of Central Region, in an interview with ChimpReports said, “Kyagulanyi is our rightful flag bearer and we are very happy to have him. We are going to do our best because we have already secured support from our people countrywide.”
“We shall soon unveil our manifesto which shall be dominated with development and returning power back to the civilian,” he noted.
Speaking to the ChimpReports, Latif Ssebagala, the Kawempe North Legislator said that no matter what it takes, they will make sure that Kyagulanyi becomes Uganda’s next president.
“We are prepared because we also know that it’s not going to be a bed of roses. The regime has and will continue to put up all mechanisms to make sure that they stop us,” he said, adding that these kinds of injustices have been part of the NRM government.
Meanwhile police heavily deployed at NUP headquarters with an aim of avoiding the “would be violent” supporters of Bobi Wine from committing any crimes at the declaration ceremony.