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While NRM Courts Its Rebels, NUP Vows to Fight Its Independents

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While NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba was announcing the party decision to hold peace talks with the new independents, NUP spokesman Joel Senyonyi was declaring the war against independents who got nomination after being denied the young party's flag.
Kyagulanyi, and activist Julie Kisekka after a meeting in Kampala

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This Sunday has seen Uganda's two possibly most popular parties, the ruling party and the youngest party, taking exactly opposite approaches towards their members who rebelled and got nominated to contest against the official party candidates for parliament.

While NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba was announcing the party decision to hold peace talks with the new independents, NUP spokesman Joel Senyonyi was declaring the war against independents who got nomination after being denied the young party's flag.

Kasule Lumumba said that NRM recognises that its primaries might not have been perfect, and so will hear out the grievances of the its rebellious independents instead of activating the disciplinary machine against them. Joel Senyonyi says they is going to fight the NUP independents because their contesting works in favour of the enemy. 

Both the ruling National Resistance Movement and the young National Unity Platform saw many aggrieved aspirants seeking and securing nomination as independent candidates, having been rejected by the parties’ primary candidate selection processes. 

In Kampala alone almost every constituency has two or more independent candidates virtually standing against the NUP official flag bearer having failed to secure the party’s ticket. 

Joel Ssenyonyi told URN in an interview that as a party, they tried to persuade their members not to bounce back as independents as this will serve to empower the enemy candidates since the NUP support will be divided among the official flag bearers and the independents. 

He noted that a good number of those accepted to step down and they are now supporting the official flag bearer, but those who refused to step out, the party recognizes their constitutional right to stand as independents but it will ensure that all candidates with the flag as their symbol, are popularized and promoted by the party before it’s support base. 

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He however revealed that the party is soon communicating the next move under which party members who chose to go against the party constitution and decided to stand as independents will be held to account. NUP aspirants who failed to get the flag have been accusing the party's Election Management Committee of outright corruption, alleging that it was simply selling off the nominations for sh3.5 shilling for MP contestants, and that the money could have come from one of the rival camps the party is competing against for national leadership.

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