The president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has revealed that the social media campaign dubbed “Support a NUP Candidate” which he launched last week, has registered tremendous success.
Kyagulanyi said that in six days, the party has solicited Shs 117m which he says will support over 39 Parliamentary Candidates who had failed to raise the nomination fees.
“For now, we are sending Shs 25m to each of our four regional offices to support the very deserving and yet vulnerable candidates,” Kyagulanyi said.
“We shall be sending out more support as we raise more funds. We believe that with this money, our regional offices will be able to make a small contribution to some candidates who are in dire need, many of whom have raised part of the required money but still have balance,” he added.
Kyagulanyi stated that the party is intending to front 427 Parliamentary candidates across the Country but some of them, especially from Northern and Western regions, had failed to raise the Shs 3m nomination fees.
“As you have all seen these past days, we have hundreds of Parliamentary candidates all over the country. Nominations have drawn closer but unfortunately we are receiving so many calls from our candidates, especially from the Western and Northern Uganda, who risk not being nominated, because they don’t have the required Shs 3m,” he noted.
Kyagulanyi blamed President Museveni and his regime for hiking the nomination fees with an aim of locking out some opposition candidates.
“We have seen a number of candidates who had wanted to join MP races but they simply cannot afford this money and given the fact 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 people outside there who are willing to support this cause. Please reach out and support in any way,” he urged.
MPs nominations are slated for October 15 and 16, respectively as per the Electoral Commission roadmap for the 2021 general elections.