Over 10 pastors from different Churches around Buganda and Busoga Sub Regions have joined the National Unity Platform party (NUP) led by Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
Led by Pastor David Ojambo of Bulega Baptist Church from Buikwe, the pastors said that Jesus is the one who influenced their coming to NUP.
“We are not here because of the powers of politicians but it is Jesus who sent us here,” Pastor Ojambo said.
“We are simply doing the right job. We are seeing injustices, abuse of human rights and we shall not be tired for speaking for those who can’t speak for themselves,” he added.
Ojambo noted that it’s the obligation of religious leaders to take part in the national issues not just sitting back and doing nothing.
The pastors vowed to commit on three issues.
“We commit to come out and advocate for the rights of the oppressed, petition God on all atrocities being committed to the people and he pays them because the Bible says whatever you sow, you will reap. Lastly, we commit to pray for Kyagulanyi so that God gives him wisdom and saves him from the pressure and atrocities of the junta,” he noted.
He noted that they are aware of all the attacks that are likely to be inflicted on them but they thought about all that, and they are ready.
Other pastors who joined are; Julius Nyerere from Devine Church Kamuli, Keneth Mugabane from New Life Baptist Church, Kato Steven and Pastor Andrew Muwangunzi from True Worship Centre Jinja.
Meanwhile, over 20 members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) from Nakifuma constituency also joined the party.
Welcoming the new entrants, Joel Ssenyonyi, the party spokesman urged them to stick to the cause.
“Some people come here to raise their bargaining powers and after that, they go to Museveni and ask for money and small things. I ask you to desist from that and know that we are fighting for a national cause not those small things,” Ssenyonyi said.
Response to Museveni
Ssenyonyi also weighed in on Museveni’s address concerning murder incidents among the People Power supporters.
“We want to take over the country. As a leader, if you don’t have what to say, just keep quiet.
Museveni should just tell us that he is no longer capable of ruling the country so that we, the young generation, can take over. We shall take care of him,” Ssenyonyi said.
David Louis Rubongoya, the party Secretary General said that the party legal council will file 18 cases across all the Courts of Law in Uganda, East Africa and other Courts in the world against the government and individual security personals on these cases.
Selecting Flag Bearers
Rubongoya said that the party has empowered the Elections Management Committee led by Aisha Walukamba to take over the elections process.
“Where we have two candidates demanding for one card, we shall carry out a vetting process and we shall also send people on ground to see who has more support and they will also appear before the committee. Lastly, no corruption attempt will be tolerated,” he said.
Conditions for contestants
Walukamba, the chairperson of the NUP electoral committee, said that the candidates shall undergo the following criteria.
“Education is a must. An MP or LC5 chairperson should have a minimum of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE). Others can at least have attained a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) level. What you have done for the party, loyalty for the party, good personal conduct, value addition to NUP, small financial ability and the ability of managing the position of your choice,” she noted.
Ssenyonyi said that the party is not looking for rich people but people who are capable of leading.