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People Power leaders poached from NRM, FDC vow to take gospel of change to grassroots

Some of the People Power leaders during the function where MP Kyagulanyi unveiled the team on Wednesday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA – The newly appointed coordinators of People Power movement have said their duty is not to divide the Opposition but to spread the gospel of change at the grassroots.

Speaking shortly after their unveiling by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Wednesday, the coordinators, some of whom include NRM and FDC Members of Parliament, said People Power movement is aimed at kicking the NRM out of power, which is the agenda of other Opposition political parties.

Arua Municipality MP Kassiano Wadri, said while he is from FDC, the People Power movement is not meant to divide the Opposition.

“Multipartism can’t be killed by what you see here. We are all here for a common cause. This is a consortium, we are here to foster a common goal,” said Mr Wadri, who will coordinate the West Nile team.

Buyaga County MP Barnabas Tinkasimire, who is also from the ruling NRM, said the growing membership of the People Power movement implies that people from across the political divide are tired of NRM.

“People Power is a movement reminding Ugandans that President Museveni has been in power long enough and he cannot continue leading this country. He has nothing to add to the development of this country,” he said.

Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi, who is a member of the Democratic Party, said: “What we are trying to do is get to the grassroot and to do this, you need coordinators at every village. People Power is a special vehicle for change and when you go through the list of the national coordinators, you’ll see it has players from different political parties including NRM and FDC.”

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake said: “Multiparty democracy has principles. People Power has come to empower all political parties and not to break them. We are coming up with something new because we can’t behave normally in an abnormal situation.”

Bobi Wine had earlier noted that since People Power is not a political party, any one is free to join him from other parties.

“I must assert that People Power is not a political party. It’s a movement that unites change seeking forces. We don’t care about your tribe or religion. And indeed we don’t care about your political affiliation,” he added.

People Power spokesman Joel Ssenyonyi said unveiling a team of coordinators indicates that they are ready to take power.

“President Museveni and the NRM regime are very scared of People Power and other Ugandans. When they see people meeting, they get scared. President Museveni is starting to instill fear in other people like businessmen. We want the power to return to our institutions. As opposed to an institution, we have just one individual. When we take power, we want to fix the institutions of this country. We want to make sure they’re independent and operating functionally,” he said.

“To all the leaders we are going to unveil, if you go off track, Ugandans will hate you as much as they have loved you because Ugandans love people power. For clarity, People Power is going to take power in 2021 and we have our incoming president here. We can speak for ourselves and the incoming president will soon talk,” he added.

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