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Exclusive: Why We Defected from NRM to NUP – City Mechanics, Singer Sophie Gombya Speak Out | ChimpReports



A section of city mechanics under their umbrella organization Marowo Development Association (MDA) were among the new entrants who defected to the National Unity Platform party (NUP) from the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

Dressed in NRM t-shirts, the mechanics stormed NUP offices with their vehicle bearing President Museveni’s photos where they beckoned the NUP party president Robert Kyagulanyi over, to scrap off all yellow posters and replace them with those of People Power/NUP.

They were later given NUP t-shirts and formally welcomed to the party.

In an exclusive interview with ChimpReports, Kasozi Mahad Matuga, the team leader, said that for last 10 years, they had supported NRM but they have “gained nothing but humiliation.”

“I personally invested too much in almost the last three campaigns of President Museveni. I gave out my vehicle in the 2011 campaigns, gave out my Subaru N4 in 2016 an now in 2020 I had given out my Nissan Pathfinder where the President’s photos were attached for publicity,” he narrated.

Matuga noted that in their garage, over 148 members have all agreed to join NUP since it represents their value, “We have to invest in the campaigns for the President who seems not to be bothered with our concerns. People should know that i was not bought because NUP has no money and I have no intentions of standing for any post in NUP.”

Matuga added that they will not be intimidated or “bought” by the regime.

“Nothing will scare me. I am ready for anything no matter what, we shall not fear,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Sophie Gombya, the former president of Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) also joined the party amidst ululations. Gombya joined fellow 84 plus musicians and comedians who recently joined Kyagulanyi’s NUP party.

In an exclusive interview with our reporter, Gombya said that her major intention of joining NUP was to escalate the fight for the rights of women.

“Under my organization The Women Nation, I am sure that NUP will help me promote the rights of women in the country,” Gombya said.

Sophie Gombya

Gombya also rubbished claims that she was running some organizations that fight for the rights of women that are under the first lady Janet Museveni.

“Even if it is true as claims are, I am sure the first lady will get annoyed of my joining NUP since my major agenda has remained the fight for women’s rights,” she noted.

She, however, admitted that her joining of NUP is partly influenced by her intention of running for Councillorship in the Kampala Capital City Authority.
“But this should not be viewed as my major intention of joining NUP as I said I want to fight for women’s rights,” she noted.

Among other entrants were kick boxers and a section of members from the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) from Tororo.

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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