The National Unity Platform (NUP) has taken a chunk out of the Democratic Party (DP) after unveiling its new members who were political dynamites at the party. Eleven MPs who previously subscribed to DP have announced their departure to join the Kyagulanyi led party.
On Thursday 13 August, at a function in Kamyokya, the NUP leader, Robert Kyagulanyi unveiled Busiro East MP Medad Segona, Bukoto East MP Florence Namayanja, Bukomansimbi Woman MP Veronica Nanyondo, Kyotera Woman MP Robinah Ssentongo, Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi, Kalunga West MP Joseph Sewungu, Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga, Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, Makindye Ssaabagabo MP Ssempala Emmanuel and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana, all as new members of the party.
Kyagulanyi expressed that this is a dream come true for him and that the prominent legislators joining the NUP party have given him the zeal to continue fighting against the current regime.
This mass exodus puts another dent on DP’s already diminishing reputation who recently lost Kampala’s Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago to FDC. However, the party president Norbert Mao has over the period of this 2021 general elections roadmap maintained that the party is still ever stronger and just weeding out the bad grain.
Their crossing brings the number of MPs in the new party to 17 in less than a month since the party was launched. DP is now left with 5 MPs in the current parliament that are still its members.
Other members that have joined the National Unity Platform include musician and aspiring Lord Mayor Joseph “Chameleone” Mayanja who had recently joined the Democratic Party. Lubaga North MP Moses Kasibante, Wakiso district chairman Matia Lwanga, DP spokesperson Kenneth Paul Kakande among others.