National Unity Platform
The National Unity Platform (NUP), formerly the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party, is a social-liberal and progressive political party in Uganda led by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu. The party spokesperson is Joel Ssenyonyi. The NUP was led by Moses Nkonge Kibalama from December 2004 until July 2020. On 14 July 2020, Kyagulanyi assumed leadership of the party and was declared the party flag-bearer in the upcoming February 2021 Ugandan presidential elections.
|Leader||Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu|
|Secretary-General||David Lewis Rubongoya|
|Founded||December 2004 (as the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party)|
|Headquarters||Kamwookya, Kampala, Uganda|
|Political position||Centre to centre-left|
|Colours||Red and white|
|National Assembly of Uganda|
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The NUP was formed in December 2004, headed by Moses Kibalama. For the next 16 years, he served as the President of the party.
In July 2017, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was sworn in as the MP representing Kyaddondo East Constituency in the 10th Parliament (2016-2021). To win that constituency, he beat two seasoned politicians in a by-election: Sitenda Sebalu of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and Apollo Kantinti of the main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
While running for the Kyaddondo East seat, Kyagulanyi was shunned by both the DP and FDC political parties, so he ran as an Independent candidate. He adopted the People Power slogan as his rallying call, leading to what is referred to as the People Power Movement in Uganda.
On 22 July 2020, the founders of NUP, together with leading personalities from the People Power Movement, announced that Kyagulanyi had been elected President of NUP and presidential party flag bearer in the upcoming 2021 national elections.
On 28 July 2020, the party unveiled membership cards that cost only USh1,000 [1/5 of 1 GBP], an amount they said did not discriminate against social class and would be affordable to every Ugandan.
On 3 August 2020, the party president announced five members of parliament who crossed that day to the National Unity Platform. These included John Baptist Nambeshe (NRM), Patrick Nsamba (NRM), Francis Zaake (Independent) and Busujju’s legislator David Kalwanga (Independent). On 13 August 2020, sixteen more Members of Parliament, joined the NUP political party, crossing from the Democratic Party (DP). This brought the total number of MPs who have joined Kyagulanyi in NUP, during the first two weeks of August 2020 to twenty one (21).
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