NUP Saga: Party Founders Divided Amid Push for MOU Review

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Plans of reviewing the MOU that was signed between the founders of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party and the leadership of People Power Movement on July 11, last year are under way.

Following his discharge from Bombo Hospital on Sunday this week, where he had been battling with covid-19 for close to three months, Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the founder of NUP told the media that he will take his party back from Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who took over the leadership after the MOU signing.

Through their lawyers of MS Mugabi Shyaka & Co. Advocates, Kibalama together with Paul Kagombe, the party Administrative Secretary on July 6, petitioned David Lewis Rubongoya, the current party General Secretary to organize a meeting on Sunday July 11, so that the MOU can be reviewed on grounds that they (Rubongoya and the group) diverted from the first agreed terms.

“Please be advised that in terms of Clause 5 of the impugned memorandum of understanding, the same ought to be reviewed and we are reliably informed by our clients, that you have since the signing of the understanding totally disregarded all the terms express or otherwise agreed upon by the parties in particular Clauses 2, 3 and 4 of the same,” reads part of the letter.

Kagombe addressing journalists recently

“So far as to date our clients have never assumed the positions of leaderships agreed thereunder nor are there any such offices created for that purpose,” the letter adds.

Kyagulanyi became the party president after being elected in accordance with Clause 1 of the MOU

In Clause two of the MOU, the People Power Movement pledged to support the individuals who are the former leaders in different positions for the term starting July, 2020 and these are;

Paul Simbwa Kagombe—Senior Administrative Secretary, Winston Kigozi—Deputy Head of Policy and William Odinga Balikuddembe—Head of Research.

“Kibalama will always be recognized as the founder of NUP and shall become the head of Elders Advisory Board of the party,” the MoU adds in part.

Kibalama in the letter however said that Kyagulanyi hoodwinked and took advantage of the former leaders, for which reasons they seek to have the Memorandum of Understanding reviewed as expressly stipulated.

Chimpreports understands that the four founding members Kibalama, Kagombe, Kigozi and Odinga are holding their positions of; leader of Elderly Board, Senior Administrative Secretary, Deputy Head of Policy and Head of Research as it was stipulated in Clause two of the MOU. The four are also members of the National Executive Council (NEC).


Speaking to ChimpReports, Kagombe, the Administrative Secretary one of the founders noted that Kyagulanyi and his colleagues “blindfolded” them while agreeing on the terms of the MOU.

He for example said for a long time Kibalama has always been the party vice president but this time was given a lower rank of leader of the elders’ board.

“Mzee thought even in that position he would do a lot for the party and actually we all never thought of what we’re seeing now,” he said adding

“We were open minded but those chaps are unhuman; we regret the day we met them because they have messed everything,” he added.

The said offices he said were not created for the whole year, and that “no such responsibilities we granted to the members.”

Silent Co-founder

In his statements, Kagombe noted that all the four members (Kibalama, Kagombe, Kigozi and Odinga) agreed to fight for the party which prompted us to look for silent members too.

William Odinga Balikudembe,

In a telephone interview with ChimpReports, William Odinga Balikudembe, the former Head of Communications at NURP who became the Head of Research after the MOU and one of the founding members distanced himself from the fighting clique.

“I have been part of the NUP process throughout. I am currently the Head of Research at this party. I got involved in political activities to make a contribution towards better governance of this country and I am firmly on track. I will give a formal statement on matters of NUP as and when I find it necessary,” he said.


Source – ChimpReports

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