The disagreements stem from a number of issues including failure to account for the party funds on the side of some of the leaders while others are accused of supporting opponents of NUP candidates in the different races.
Disagreements have emerged within the top leaders of National
Unity Platform – NUP in Tooro Sub-region.
The disagreements stem from several issues including failure to account for the
party funds on the side of some of the leaders while others are accused of
supporting opponents of NUP candidates in the different races.
For instance, Davis Rwamuhumbu, the NUP Coordinator in Kabarole and Fort Portal
Tourism City is accused of failing to account for 500,000 Shillings that was
given to him to prepare for the campaign rallies of its presidential candidate,
Robert Kyagulanyi, when he was in the districts of Tooro last month.
Innocent Natukunda, the NUP Team Leader in Tooro Sub-region, says that after Kyagulanyi’s
rallies, they tasked Rwamuhumbu to account for the money but he failed and the
accountability that he gave was unsatisfactory.
Natukunda also discloses that as a party, they agreed to have one
official WhatsApp group for mobilization in the Sub-region, but Rwamuhumbu has
gone ahead to create other groups, something that he says is unacceptable.
In response, Rwamuhumbu, who is vying for the Fort Portal Central
Mayoral seat, argues that he accounted for all the money he was given and even
reached an extent of incurring more shillings 1.5 million.
“There is no law that stops someone from creating a WhatsApp
group. It is because some leaders are not on ground and they want to show that
they are working,” Rwamuhumbu says.
Rwamuhumbu is also accusing Natukunda of fighting him, saying that
other people in the party have equally done wrong things but they are not being
talked about. He gave an example of Sylvia Kihunde, the NUP candidate in the
Fort Portal City Woman Member of Parliament race, whom he said was given
shillings 3 million for mobilization during Kyagulanyi’s campaigns in Tooro but
did not account for it.
But Kihunde argues that she had not received the money from
Rwamuhumbu and therefore could not account to him.
In Fort Portal Tourism City, another coordinator, Thomas Kakuru,
has since quit all the WhatsApp mobilization groups for the party and is no
longer engaged in its activities.
In Kyegegwa, John Alinaitwe, the NUP registrar in the district
openly showed support for Flavia Rwabuhoro, the NRM flag bearer for the Kyegegwa
district Woman MP race.
Natukunda, who is also in the Mwenge North Parliamentary race in Kyenjojo
district, says what Alinaitwe has done is so bad because the same race has a
NUP candidate, Rehema Kunihira.
But Alinaitwe argues that Rwabuhoro has supported him since his
childhood and there is no way he can deny her
Natukunda says he has written to the party’s secretariat to ensure disciplinary action is taken against his colleagues and has also suspended
them from the party’s social media platforms.
Bureau Chief, Tooro Sub-Region