Angry with the outcome of last Friday’s NRM parliamentary primaries, some losers are turning to Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi’s National Unity Platform (NUP) for endorsement as 2021 parliamentary candidates.
According to well placed sources, at least 10 politicians who contested in the chaotic NRM primaries have had talks with the NUP leadership to explore the possibility of them running as NUP candidates in the general elections.
Some are angry that they were robbed of their victory in the polls that were characterised by bribery, violence and alteration of results.
On Monday, NRM secretary-general, Justine Kasule Lumumba confirmed that some senior party members procured their victory at gunpoint.
“Some have done things with impunity… [for instance] in Butemba county Kyakwanzi district, one of the candidates who got 3,000 votes brought in soldiers, cordoned off that place, and was declared a winner and off they went away,” Lumumba told Museveni as he flagged off the distribution of motorcycles to NRM chairpersons at the sub-county level.
While some have formally contested the outcome of the primaries, there are some who see that route as a time wasting venture, and have either opted to join NUP or run as independents.
Most NUP officials were tight-lipped on the matter but sources close to the party’s leadership have confirmed that there have been some engagements.
“I may not have the particular details right now but what I know is that there have been some engagements mainly with sitting MPs who lost the primaries,” a source said.
Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, is also understood to have contacted some of the disgruntled NRM politicians especially those from areas where his party has no or seemingly weak candidates.