Kampala, Uganda | URN | Members of the defunct National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) have accused presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and his team of forging signatures and documents he used to change their party to the National Unity Platform (NUP).
The former NURP founder members made the accusations through city lawyer James Byamukama, who addressed journalists in Kampala on Tuesday. Byamukama said NURP has 395 members who claim that the party name was changed by only 51 members.
They also claimed that even of the 51 people who are claimed to have agreed to change NURP to NUP, only three are original members on the list that was filed with the Electoral Commission (EC) and was last updated on December 2017.
Byamukama explained that the NURP constitution requires that a delegates’ conference be convened if the party name or leadership are to be changed. Based on such irregularities, Byamukama said NURP founders and original members want Electoral Commission (EC) to explain how NUP was registered in disregards of their party constitution.
“They want to understand how NURP was changed to NUP. For this to happen, you must call a delegates’ conference for members to discuss, agree or deliberate on what changes should be made. In this case, a few people wrote to EC and the name was changed like that,” Byamukama said.
The Electoral Commission spokesperson Paul Bukenya promised in vain to call back when contacted for a comment on the matter. NUP’s Spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi neither picked nor returned our repeated calls to his cellphone.
Last month, Kyagulanyi unveiled NUP as the political vehicle for his People Power pressure group. Nearly, 20,000 aspirants for various elective positions have already picked NUP nominations forms.