Two legislators from the ruling National Restistance Movement (NRM) are among the five MPs who have formally joined Kyadondo East MP also presidential aspirant, Robert Kyagulanyi’s National Unity Platform (NUP) political party.
Manjiya MP John Baptist Nambeshe and his Kassanda North counterpart, Patrick Nsamba Oshabe were unveiled together with hitherto Independent MPs Latif Ssebagala Sengendo (Kawempe North), David Lukyamuzi Kalwanga (Busujju) and Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality).
Nambeshe and Nsamba were part of the group of 37 NRM MPs that voted against the December 2017 lifting of presidential age limits, and have since been in the ruling party’s bad books.
The duo also turned down an invitation to State House Entebbe where 18 of their colleagues including Gaffa Mbwatekamwa (Kasamba) and Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga West) who had earlier on worked closely with Kyagulanyi’s People Power movement, apologized to Museveni for their opposition to official party positions.
Both Mbwatekamwa and Tinkasiimire who Kyagulanyi had named People Power coordinators in Ankole and Bunyore respectively are back into the NRM fold.
Welcoming the new members, Kyagulanyi said, it is high time that all Ugandans who feel dissatisfied with the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni join them, and hailed the MPs for taking a bold move.
Kyagulanyi said the legislators had taken a wise decision to join the National Unity Platform
Nambeshe assured the NUP members of his total commitment.
“I make my commitment to NUP and contribute to the growth of the Party. We have aggressively supported people power movement and hope that with the introduction of the Party, we shall win the next election,” Nambeshe said.
Patrick Nsamba Oshabe says that he believes in change and transition and decided to join NUP because he believes Kyagulanyi will defeat the incumbent regime.
Kyagulanyi also received three Mayors; Ronald Balimwezo (Nakawa Division), Ali Muryanyama (Makindye Division) and their Kawempe Division counterpart, Emmanuel Serunjongi.