The Electoral Commission has warned the National Unity Platform (NUP) led by Robert Kyagulanyi against using the color red, saying the color has been reserved by Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
Justice Simon Byabakama the Electoral Commission (EC) chairperson, said Kyagulanyi’s Party applied for a change of its colors to make red the dominant one, but the request was turned down because the color had already been taken by UPC.
The NUP party, before changing leadership to the People Power head, had white and blue as its party colors but they wanted to change it to red. Byabakama says the Electoral Commission wrote back to the party indicating that the color was already being used by UPC and that the request would not be approved.
However, the new party was not held back with these technicalities and they went ahead to use the color during the launch of the new party.
Last month, the UPC party raised the issue of the NUP party using red as the dominant color before parliament, an issue that raised a debate but no conclusions were drawn on the matter as some members of parliament didn’t think the color was restricted to a single party while others thought the color is a main element of the party.
In response, NUP spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi said there is no monopoly over colors. He contended that the official party colors for NUP are red, white and navy blue but the party chose red as its dominant color.
He said NUP has written to the EC over the matter, but the commission has not given the party a fair hearing but has instead shut them out.
Last month Bobi Wine unveiled The National Unity Platform as the political wing of the People Power movement, since the color red was predominantly used by the movement, it was adopted as the main color for the political party as the main association between the party and the pressure group.