The National Unity Platform party has today, Tuesday launched a fundraising drive for their presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine ahead of the looming 2021 general elections.
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In a press conference held at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, the party with delegations of aspirants at different elective levels showed financial solidarity for the campaign dubbed ‘Muda ku muda’ a street slang which translates UGX 10,000 which will be the minimum deposit that will be transacted to the NUP official coffers. The secretary of the party treasury, Aisha Kabanda said they are targeting UGX 1 trillion from about 12 million Ugandans. “We all know the struggle against the regime needs a lot of resources to be able to reach out to our voters and convince them to vote for us. Unlike those who are in power that are going to use tax payers’ money, for us we have to reach out to change loving Ugandans to make a contribution,” Kabanda said.
The NUP party contends that Bobi as a candidate will need a financial push from the heterogeneous supporters. Addressing the public at the flag off of the function the party started with its weekly announcements of new entrants where they unveiled motor sportsmen, “As the NUP continues to rally people to join, we are delighted to receive more members from the motorsport team,” Ssenyonyi said as he read names of the entrants in the opening ceremony of the event.
In western democracies, supporters of candidates usually send in financial assistance as a sign of political solidarity. In the 2008 U.S campaigns, black Americans fundraised for the Democratic Party candidate, Barrack Obama. Similarly in Uganda, the FDC party candidate, Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye was showered with gifts and financial tokens at rallies by crowds which supported his candidature. Even this year, Ugandans have been compelling the Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi to initiate a fundraising drive through which they are to render their support for his presidential bid.