Former Makerere University Researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has revealed that she belongs to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and pressure group People Power and not the newly launched National Unity Platform (NUP).
The NUP was launched by People Power leader and presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) this week on Tuesday.
However, Nyanzi, a card holding member of the FDC had submitted her nomination forms both to the FDC and People Power to stand as Kampala woman Member of Parliament in the February 2021 general elections.
Nyanzi, like other politicians that belong to registered political parties have many times reiterated that they belong to People Power because it is a pressure group and not a registered political party.
Bobi Wine launching a new political party (NUP) left many confused as to whether they will subscribe to it and leave their parties under which they are registered or maintain the status quo in their parties.
However, the outspoken Government critique Nyanzi while appearing on NTV on Saturday morning put it straight that she does not support NUP but rather FDC and People Power.
“People Power is different from NUP. I don’t want the two to confuse Ugandans. If People Power and NUP are the same, what will happen to us who are in People Power and not going to join NUP? I need that answer because I never submitted my forms to NUP. I submitted my forms to People Power. I am not going to join NUP but I belong to People Power,” she said.
Nyanzi said she cannot join a party that has been inactive for years.
“Political parties is not something to play around with. They (NUP) need to let us know their Constitution. What laws govern this new party. Has the Constitution been amended or will it still be governed by the laws of the old party? Why should I join the party that has been inactive for years? I belong to People Power,” she reiterated.
Joel Ssenyonyi, the People Power/ NUP spokesperson in response said the election management committee will get in touch with all the candidates that submitted their forms to People Power but belong to other political parties.
“We cannot say that all the candidates that submitted their forms to People Power automatically subscribe to NUP. We can’t recruit people into a party without their consent,” said Ssenyonyi.
Beginning next week, Ssenyonyi said they will convene and discuss how candidates such Nyanzi who belong to People but unwilling to join NUP will be sorted.
The NUP whose previous name was National Unity, Reconciliation and Development party was led by Moses Nkonge Kibalama from December 2004 until July 2020.
On 14th July 2020, Bobi Wine assume leadership of the party and was declared the party flag bearer in the upcoming February 2021 presidential elections.