By Our Reporter
When former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine contested under the National Unity Platform(NUP), a large section of the public thought it was done and dusted for Nkonge Kibalama, the one who started the party and named it the National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party-NURP.
Well, Kibalama is not backing off. A few days ago, he opened up his own offices in Rubaga and this has sparked off debate. This came after he announced in May this year, that he had over the party again as its president.
Launching his office last week, Kibalama accused the Bobi Wine of having no leadership skills, misuse of party funds, and breach of the Memorandum of Understanding-MOU, that the two had signed when Bobi Wine took over the party.
In response to this, Joel Ssenyonyi, the spokesperson of the National Unity Platform, on the fraction of Bobi Wine called Kibalama’s team masqueraders and vowed to battle them out in a court fight.
“We also send a stern warning to these masqueraders, the full wrath of the law will be unleashed on them over their fraudulent tendencies,” he said in a statement.
Despite the claim from Kibalama that the party’s leadership had been changed from Bobi Wine, Paul Bukenya, the Electoral Commission spokesperson, said that the commission has not issued any new certificate confirming the change of leadership in NUP.
“The Electoral Commission hasn’t issued any certificate of new NUP leadership, but Kibalama and his team wrote to us and anytime we shall respond to them on that issue of NUP ownership. The certificate they are holding I think was issued by former EC Secretary, Sam Rwakojo,” Bukenya said.
As the raw deepens, the public is still confused about whether this party is genuine or is fueled by the ruling government.