The National Unity Platform (NUP) president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, has called upon the general public to contribute any amount of money towards the nomination fees of the party’s different flag bearers in the country.
Kyagulanyi said that the candidates NUP intends to send in to contest do not have the Shs3,000,000 nomination fees required for MP positions and the party has no capacity to support them.
“As you have all seen these past days, we have hundreds of parliamentary candidates all over the country. Nominations have drawn so close. Unfortunately, we are receiving so many calls from our candidates, especially from Western and Northern Uganda, who risk not being nominated because they don’t have the required 3 Million Shillings,” he said.
He blamed President Museveni and the government for making it so expensive for nominations. He claims it is intended to lock out the opposition.
“The NRM pays for its candidates, because they use tax payers’ money for their activities. We have seen so many candidates who had wanted to run for MP but they simply cannot afford this money,” he said.
He said that the NUP is barely three months old and is mostly supported by volunteers.
“Given that our party is barely three months old and mostly supported by volunteers, we are not able to pay nomination fees for all candidates, but we believe there are friends out there who are willing to support this cause. Please reach out and support in any way.”
It should be noted that Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) announced recently that they will pay nomination fees for their flag bearers.
A couple of months ago, NUP launched fundraising drive before dubbed ‘Muda ku Muda’ where well-wishers were called upon to raise Shs10,000 each to facilitate the party during the upcoming campaigns.
The party has not yet disclosed how much was collected from the exercise.