The National Unity Platform (NUP) has suffered a major blow ahead of the 2021 elections after the party coordinator in Bunyoro sub-region Mr. Godwin Angalia Kasigwa – Akiiki crossed to Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Kasigwa exclusively told our reporter that 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 on Friday morning.
“I am no longer a member of NUP, I have joined NRM Party led by HE General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,” the former NUP coordinator emphasised.
Kasigwa had served as a National Executive Committee (NEC) member of the Democratic Party for years before joining Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform,
It’s yet to be established how Kasigwa’s decision will affect NUP in Bunyoro.
He contested for MP Buliisa County in the 2016 polls which he lost.
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.”