Ugandan musician-turned-opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi commonly known as by his stage name Bobi Wine on Wednesday officially launched a political party for his People Power Movement to run in next year’s election, named The National Unity Party.
The People Power Movement was formed three years ago and now plans to field Bobi Wine as their nominee for the presidential elections slated for 2021, where he will face strong opposition from the incumbent Yoweri Museveni.
Speaking on the new move, Bobi Wine stated that the formation of the political party was an important step in the liberation of their struggles,
“Today, we gather here for yet another important step in our liberation struggle. When we started the People Power Movement about three years ago, we had lengthy discussions about whether or not to register a political party. Our analysis led us to the conclusion that it was both untimely and impractical to form a political party. In any case, we were alive to the fact that the regime would foil any attempt to register People Power as a political party” Bobi Wine said.
Earlier today, we launched the National Unity Platform (a legally registered Political Organisation) as the vehicle through which we shall participate in the 2021 election. Our symbol is an UMBRELLA. Full statement: https://t.co/tpsolsvDjb#PeoplePower_OurPower pic.twitter.com/Q1ydNlsCOR
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) July 22, 2020
He went on to reveal the struggles they have gone through in trying to register the political party, including intimidation from the ruling government.
“Indeed, at the end of 2018, our legal team tried to reserve the name People Power, just in case we needed to formally register at some point. As expected, we found that this name had been reserved and flagged so that we could not register it. Since then, we have continued to struggle as a political and social movement advocating for change. Therefore, while we believe so much in a multi-party democracy, we knew that the present circumstances have been largely restrictive of political parties. You have all observed the challenges encountered by parties such as the FDC. Our view then was that we should maintain the People Power Movement as the glue that brings all people together, regardless of their political affiliations” he said.
According to Bobi Wine, they had realised the dirty plot by Museveni to bar registration of the party, and therefore acted swiftly to come up with a new name for he party which will now be used for the elections.
“Having realised that the People Power Movement itself would never be registered by the Museveni regime, it became very urgent and expedient to find a solution. And so, a few months back, when we predicted that we would find ourselves in this situation, we embarked on finding a solution. We set out to silently identify a platform which we would use to answer this question. In July 2019, we went ahead and successfully changed the name of this political organisation from National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party to the National Unity Platform” he revealed.