Allan Biira, one of the disgruntled NUP members, said Baluku has been resilient, enduring and suffered various arrests for promoting the party in the district. He wants all party members to participate in the selection of flag bearers just like the case was with NRM.
A section of
National Unity Platform-NUP party supporters in Kasese district have rejected
the flag bearer for the Kasese municipality parliamentary seat. They have
vowed to return their membership cards unless NUPs candidate’s Vetting Committee
reverses the selection of the little known Amina Kahindo and hand the party
flag to Sam Baluku.
party supporters stormed NUP offices at Nyakasanga Division in Kasese
municipality on Sunday to express their dissatisfaction. The group comprising
over 50 party supporters mostly youths said it was unfair for the committee to
leave out people who have fought tooth and nail to establish NUP in
one of the disgruntled NUP members said Baluku has been resilient,
enduring and suffered various arrests for promoting the party in the district. He
wants all party members to participate in the selection of flag bearers just
like the case was with NRM.
//Cue in: “Kasese we are…
Cue out:..people power gweri”//
Medius Mughuda, another NUP member, says she got to know People
power and later joined NUP through one of the contenders who has been denied
the party flag. She blames the NUP top leadership of picking candidates
without making background checks.
“We were mobilized by Sam to join people power, so if he is
left out, then we have no leadership and the choice is to bring back the NUP cards,”
Mughuda said. Julius Matovu, another
party supporter is worried that the NUP Candidate’s vetting Committee has given
most of the party flags to women, which is likely to discourage men from
participating in the entire electoral process.
//Cue in: “Twina abakazi banji…
Cue out:..asobola kubayisawo.”//
But Kahindo told URN on Sunday evening that she had expected
such reaction from some party supporters who had strong links to her opponent.
She says all aspirants went through a vigorous vetting process
where she was found to be the best to represent the party.
//Cue in: “It is very.........
Cue out:..suitable camdidate.”//
Brian Basisa, Kasese NUP party chairperson, says he has forwarded the concerns
of the party members to party headquarters. He also says that it would have been more
beneficial if the party had allowed district party leaders to vet the