Jinja West Member of parliament, Hon. Paul Mwiru has distanced himself from Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s National Unity Platform party saying he is simply a firm believer in the People Power movement. Mwiru just like Arua municipality’s Kassiano Wadri says he won simply because of his individual merits.

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Speaking at NBS TV where he was hosted on Monday morning, Mwiru also dismissed suggestions that his victory was a sole effort of Hon. Kyagulanyi who camped in Jinja and rallied people to vote for him. “It is not true that People Power single handedly led me to victory in Jinja West. I have heard that narrative and I want to give a proper situation of what happened. It was a combination of all forces. I cannot say that FDC did not have a hand, it was unity in diversity,” Mwiru states.

Regarding his 2021 presidential candidate, Mwiru says he is now a sworn member of Mugisha Muntu’s Alliance for National Transformation party. The Jinja West MP says he is not considering backing Kyagulanyi since his ANT party also has a presidential candidate. “If you follow the facts, ANT was launched before NUP, and Hon. Kyagulanyi was one of our invited guests. I believe in People Power and still do, but NUP is a different entity,” Mwiru says. “I am not a member of NUP. I joined ANT and it’s the party I will support,” he adds.

In the 2018 Jinja byelection, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu led his People Power entourage which back then was selling like a hot cake having delivered a wave of victories in all by elections that ensued that year. Kyagulanyi camped in Jinja to help the FDC candidate, Mwiru to win the legislative seat against the state funded Igeme Nabeta. Bobi successfully delivered Mwiru a landslide victory as he scooped 6,654 votes against Nabeta’s 5,043. Mwiru would since then identify with Bobi’s People Power before Muntu defected out of FDC to create his own party.

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