The president of the National Unity Platform party (NUP), Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has launched a social media campaign dubbed “Support a NUP Candidate”, asking the general public to come out and rescue the NUP Parliamentary Candidates, who cannot afford the Shs3m for nominations.
Kyagulanyi noted that while the party got a good number of aspirants, some of them cannot afford the required amount, yet their nominations are underway.
“As you have all seen, these past days, we have hundreds of Parliamentary candidates all over the country. Nominations have drawn closer but unfortunately we are receiving so many calls from our candidates, especially from the Western and Northern Uganda, who risk not being nominated, because they don’t have the required Shs3m,” Kyagulanyi said
Kyagulanyi blamed President Museveni and his regime for hiking the nomination forms with an aim of locking out opposition candidates.
“We have seen a number of candidates who had wanted to run for MP but they simply cannot afford this money and given that our party is barely three months old and mostly supported by volunteers,” he noted adding,
“We are not able to pay nomination fees for all candidates but we believe there are people outside there who are willing to support this cause. Please reach out and support in any way,”
MPs nomination are slated for October 2 and 3, respectively according to Electoral Commission.
Kyagulanyi’s plea punches holes in NUP’s Election Management Committee selection of their candidates.
While launching the Committee at the party Headquarters in Kampala, Joel Ssenyonyi, the party Spokesperson, David Lewis Rubongoya, the party General Secretary and Mercy Walukamba the NUP-EMC Chairperson emphasized that one of the criteria for getting the party ticket was that one had to have some funds that can facilitate him or her through the campaign.
The plea therefore pause a question that if a candidate cannot afford Shs3m for nomination, what about the funds for the campaign of over four months?