Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the founder of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) has officially pulled out of the Memorandum of Understanding with the People Power Movement of Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine).
The MoU of July 11th, 2020 established the new leadership of the opposition party, under Mr Bobi Wine as its President.
However, one year down the road, two of the four NUP founders, Mr Kibalama and Paul Ssimbwa Kagambe have constantly accused the new party leadership of straying from the MoU provisions.
Yesterday, the standoff culminated in the duo’s announcement that they are pulling out of the MoU.
The two, through their lawyers of Mugabi Shyaka and Co. Advocates, wrote to the Electoral Commission announcing that the MoU had been “rescinded”.
They also sought the Commission’s permission to appoint an interim leadership of the NUP and prepare a delegates conference to elect new party leaders.
Among others, Kibalama and Ssimbwa accuse Bobi Wine’s group of side-lining them in the day to day business of the party, which is against what was agreed upon in the MoU.
In yesterday’s letter, they told the EC that “efforts to resolve the impasse with the Leadership of the People Power Movement in the terms of the 11th July 2020 Memorandum of Understanding were futile and on the premises therefore, the impugned Memorandum of Understanding stands rescinded.”
“Further, our clients seek your permission to constitute an interim leadership of the National Unity Platform to among other things, steer the party forward and organize a delegates conference to elect the new leadership,” the lawyers wrote.
The current leadership of the NUP however, has repeated denied the allegations by the founders.
More so, the other two party founders earlier this month came out to distance themselves from Kibalama’s claims.
Mr William Odinga Balikuddembe the Co-founder and Head of Research, NUP together with Winston Kigozi the Co-founder and Deputy Head of Policy in their joint statement revealed that they were not part of Mr Kibalama’s quest to reassume leadership of the opposition party.
“While they have a right to express their opinions, they do not have any right to represent the rest of the founders of the NUP. Their statements, therefore, are personal and not collective, NUP, like other political parties is a public entity which does not belong to any individual.”
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