Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, the Deputy Spokesperson of NUP used the platform at Kasanje Village in the Nyendo-Mukungwe division to castigate party leaders who obtained different leadership responsibilities in parliament and other levels. He said this was weakening their spirited political movement.
Leader of Opposition in Parliament and NUP Deputy President for Central Region Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba addressing the gathering at Kasanje. The Party is trapped in dialema on approach of challenging President Museveni
National Unity Platform-NUP leadership is split over the approach that can appropriately be used to dislodge President Yoweri Museveni from power.
party contested the election results in a petition that was prematurely withdrawn from the court, its leadership is now faced with divergent approaches of how to proceed
with the struggle to end Museveni’s rule.
clashes of opinion publicly played out on Tuesday afternoon, during a memorial mass
of one of the party’s activists Frank Ssentenza Kalibbala, who was knocked dead
at Busega roundabout during the campaign trail.
Mufumbiro, the Deputy Spokesperson of NUP used the platform at Kasanje Village
in the Nyendo-Mukungwe division to castigate party leaders who
obtained different leadership responsibilities in parliament and other levels. He said this was weakening their spirited political movement.
argues that although the party supporters and the public are fully charged to
cause a change of leadership, the leaders have instead taken a back seat and have
not appropriately fostered voices of change as represented among the
electorate. He demands
that leaders activate a confrontational method of work and an alternative approach
to further weaken the NRM Government.
//Cue in; (Luganda) “frank teyafiriira…
Cue out…general Museveni.”//
Mufumbiro also wondered
how the party can frustrate its supporters’ expectations, by simply looking on
as two of their MPs Mohammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana languish in prison, on what he claims are politically
//Cue in; “kuba amaloboozi….
Cue out….mu parliament tubaboole.”//
the statements in the presence of party Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya,
the Deputy President for Central Region and Leader of Opposition in Parliament
Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, and several party’s top notches including Members of
But Mpuuga hastily hit back in disapproval of
Mufumbiro’s confrontational approach of removing Museveni from power, saying they
have preferred a more strategic approach of capturing other than creating false
hope to the highly enthusiastic support base that is yearning for change.
indicated the current leadership is so committed to offering proper guidance and leadership of substance
in the turbulent times when they are faced with a stubborn, ruthless, and tough competitor
capable of unleashing violence against his opponents.
//Cue in; “njagala ffe ng’abakulembeze….
Cue out….owa bukulembeze.”//
On the other
hand, Mpuuga cautioned the party leaders at all levels to desist from public
confrontations, but rather seek the approach of internal dialogue to address
//Cue in; “ssagala kuwulira….
Cue out; ….naffe twesasaanye.”//
Contradictions ineffective approaches to unseat president Museveni from power is not novel to
opposition parties in Uganda. In the buildup and post-2016 general election period,
the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC, which was the main opposition party at the
time was faced with a similar dilemma.
tenure of retired Major General Mugisha Muntu, the party
failed to agree on a common approach of challenging president Museveni, as members
were torn between two divergent factions, with one believing in building and strengthening
party structures from the grassroots as the other led by Doctor Kizza Besigye believed in defiance
The failure by
the party leaders to agree in principal affected their much-needed cohesion and
eventually split, which later led to the creation of a new political party; the Alliance
for National Transformation-ANT.