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Bobi disowns Kateregga’s comments on plea to Museveni over jailed NUP supporters

NUP Councillor Kateregga with State Minister for Youth, Mr Balaam Barugahare after the latter's swearing in at State House

Kampala, (UG):- The National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has distanced the party from comments by Ali Kateregga, a Local Councilor from Masaka who pleaded with President Yoweri Museveni to release the jailed NUP party supporters.

Kateregga while attending the swearing-in ceremony of new ministers at State House on Wednesday, asked President Museveni to release the supporters who were arrested during the 2021 general elections.

Donned in NUP’s signature red beret, the councillor told Museveni that the supporters were misled by politicians with personal interests. He added that releasing the supporters will be the biggest Eid gift the President will give to the nation.

The President in response promised that the matter would be looked into for the supporters who did not commit capital offenses like murder.

However, speaking to party supporters at the NUP Headquarters in Makerere Kavule on Thursday, March 28 at the belated Women’s Day celebrations, Bobi Wine denounced the actions of the councillor, claiming that he does not reflect any of the party’s views.

The former presidential contestant stated that they will not bargain with the government over their fundamental rights because they are guaranteed by the Constitution.

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The NUP president also urged the Women leaders in the party to embrace vying for elective positions but asked them to desist from engaging in corruption.

His wife Barbie Kyagulanyi, challenged women to project themselves as capable leaders and persuade the appointing authorities to give them the top positions.

Dr. Lina Zedriga, the NUP Deputy President Northern region commended Bobi Wine for promoting inclusivity within the party, particularly citing her recent appointment as acting President, when Kyagulanyi was out of the country.

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This is not the first time Bobi Wine has rejected negotiations with the government regarding detained NUP members. Last year, he rejected requests from various quarters, including Kimaanya Kabonera MP Dr. Abed Bwanika, to negotiate the release of detained NUP members.

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