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Electoral Commission trashes Kibalama led NUP leadership

By Kabuye Ronald

The Electoral Commission has finally settled the debate of the rightful leadership of National Unity Platform (NUP) between Nkonge Moses Kibalama and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

In the letter dated 21st, June, 2022, the Electoral Commission Secretary Mulekwah Russell Lacques Leonard to both Kibalama and Ssimbwa Paul Kagombe pins them that in their submission to the commission on 21st, July, 2022 they signed out as out-going leaders.

“Prior to your resignation, you did chair a meeting that conducted elections of office bearers, to whom you handed over respective offices, and the subsequent party meeting held elections of national executive committee.” Reads the commission’s letter.

The EC’s attached NUP executive committee members is that of the Kamwokya based NUP leadership that has Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert as the President, deputy presidents being Dr. Lina Zedrige Waru, Hon. Jolly Mugisha, Hon. Nambetshe John Baptiste, Hon. Mathias Mpuuga , Secretary General and Deputy being Davis Lewis Rubongoya and Hon. Aisha Kabanda respectively, Joel Ssenyonyi as secretary for Information/ spokesperson among others.

However, important to note is that Kibalama’s ally Ssimbwa Paul Kagombe is the senior administrative secretary in Bobi Wine’s leadership.

The electoral commission also clarified that according to article 6.2(c)(ii) of the NUP constitution, the delegates conference is convened and chaired by the president, except that the president may delegate in writing, the power to chair it or any part thereof to any member of the NEC which Kibalama’s leadership didn’t comply with.

The document further reads “ Further, no communication is on record in respect to resignation and or rescinding of office by the said Executive Committee, who according to Article 6.2(c)(i) of the party constitution should hold office for five years”  thus convening of the delegates’ conference and election of the NEC ought to comply with the constitution.

The Electoral commission’s communication follows Kibalama and Ssimbwa’s letters to EC informing it of the Change of leadership at NUP and subsequent opening of parallel NUP offices in Rubaga division.

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