The National Unity Platform (NUP) is counting its losses in Bunyoro sub-region after its main coordinator, Godwin Angalia Kasigwa –Akiiki quit the political group to join the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Kasigwa said his decision to abandon NUP followed a meeting with President Museveni during which they discussed issues affecting Bunyoro kingdom such as land rights, oil royalties and boosting commercial agriculture among others.
“Basing on the outcome of the meeting, I wish to bring the attention to you all especially the NUP fraternity and opposition that I have decided to respect historical role played by the NRA/M revolutionaries and agreed to cooperate with the ruling NRM Government and President Museveni to see that our agenda is Incorporated, anomalies created by colonial in Bunyoro get fixed, peace maintained and promoted,” said Kasigwa in a note to the media on Friday morning.
“I am no longer a member of NUP, I have joined NRM Party led by HE General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,” he emphasised.
It’s yet to be established how Kasigwa’s decision will affect NUP in Bunyoro.
Bunyoro sub-region voted overwhelmingly with over 70 percent for President Museveni in the 2016 elections.
In 2019, Bunyoro leaders from the districts of Buliisa, Hoima, Kagadi, Kakumiro, Kibaale, Kikuube, Kiryandongo and Masindi endorsed President Museveni as sole candidate for the 2021 Presidential elections.
Before joining NUP, Kasigwa had served as a National Executive Committee (NEC) member of the opposition Democratic Party for years.
He unsuccessfully contested for MP Buliisa County in the 2016 polls.
Kasigwa said his “family participated in protection of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom” under previous kings before helping the NRM to rise to power.
“I have a legacy to protect,” said Kasigwa before condemning acts of violence by NUP’s supporters.
“Violence is war and I can’t fuel or be part of the team which has dimensions and elements of destabilizing the Country,” said Kasigwa.
“War in Uganda will disadvantage Bunyoro most due to Oil and gas activities. We need to keep peace because we are one.”
Uganda and Tanzania recently signed the Host Government Agreement (HGA) on the pipeline system of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project, which cleared the way for the construction of 1,445km long Pipeline that will transport crude oil from Uganda’s oil fields in Hoima, to the Port of Tanga.
Oil projects expected to employ more than 100,000 people in the construction phase and up to 2,000 in full-time jobs.