Jinja East Member of parliament Paul Mwiru has come out to refute claims that People Power and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine did not single-handedly deliver him to victory in the 2018 by-elections in Jinja.
Mwiru was declared the winner with 6,654 votes while long-time rival Nabeta was second-best with 5,043 votes.
A number of times Bobi Wine has claimed credit for changing the tide in Jinja, Bugiri, and Arua and that he is responsible for the way results turned up, this, Mwiru says is not correct.
“It is not true that People Power single-handedly led me to victory in Jinja West. I have heard that narrative and I want to give the proper situation of what happened. It was a combination of all forces. I can not say that FDC did not have a hand, it was unity in diversity,” Mwiru said.
The legislator said it would be unfair to discount the effort of Bobi Wine and his team ‘but the victory I obtained can not be single-handedly attributed to an individual.”
“If we must take that line, then credit should be given to me as a candidate, a sellable one for that matter,” he said.
Mwiru also said he has never divorced from NUP. He also denied being affiliated to Bobi Wine’s party at any time.
“If you follow the facts, ANT (Alliance for National Transformation was launched before NUP, and Hon Kyagulanyi was one of our invited guests. I believed in People Power and still do, but NUP is a different entity,” Mwiru claimed.
He said the reason he chooses ANT over NUP is based on the five reasons; Godliness, respect and dignity, accountability, and zero tolerance to corruption.
“Even if these values are within NUP, I do not know, what I know is that by the time ANT happened, there was no NUP, there is no way I would have made a comparison with what was inexistent,” he said.
“I am not a member of NUP” he reiterated.
Mwiru however commended NUP for their selection criteria, claiming those lambasting the party are only being unfair.
“NUP is after loyalty and service, if you looked at their criteria, they seem to be bringing forward retention strategy that has failed most parties. What we have failed to address are loyalty and service and they are addressing it,” he said.
“Most people are looking at 2021 as an end in itself. I find the selection well based on the party’s retention strategy. I see this strengthening the opposition,” he added.