The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama has sent a strong warning to the National Unity Platform (NUP) party over their continued use of the red colour in their flag.
The NUP party led by the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who also doubles as the leader of the People Power movement have been using the red colour since they took over its leadership recently.
It should be noted that even when launching the People Power movement, Bobi Wine used the Red Colour and this partly explains why when he was taking over NUP leadership, Bobi Wine chose to front a Red colour in spite of the party having white and navy blue too.
The red colour, to Bobiwine and his supporters, is seen as a sign of brotherhood which binds all of them.
However, Byabakama said that despite his (Bobi Wine) pleas to be granted full access to the colour and use it during the campaigns, the commission did not grant it.
“UPC are the rightful owners of the red colour,” he noted.
After releasing the full symbols that are likely to be used by political parties in the forthcoming 2021 general elections, a section of Ugandans led by politicians attacked the Electoral Commission for deliberately putting a ‘White’ umbrella instead of using ‘Red’ in the symbol in the NUP flag.
“The Electoral Commission has decided to use a white flag instead of Red, there are many ways of rigging elections and this is part of them,” Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality Legislator posted on her official Facebook page.
In response, Joel Ssenyonyi, the spokesperson of NUP said that everyone has a right of using the colour of their choice.
He added that NUP has three major colours White, Red and Navy Blue but the party chose to majorly use Red other than the other two.