The National Unity Platform party secretary general David Lewis Rubongoya says there is no rift within the opposition forces for as far he knows. Rubongoya made these comments during a press conference at the NUP party headquarters in Kamwokya where NBS journalist Josephine Namakumbi inquired if NUP is to give an apology to Dr. Besigye as stated in the media.

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“I don’t think there is need to apologize for anything. Media is the one which insinuates these clashes that may be non existent,” he said. “Please media, stop creating these divisions. NUP has been open to uniting with other willing forces of change,” he added.

Rubongoya adds that unity is paramount for the liberation struggle. “We continue to call for unity and above all, Ugandans are united,” he said. “You don’t have to wait for political formations to push for change. You can start in your capacity as an individual,” he added.

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On the NUP next course of action, Rubongoya says the party and its leaders have never relented from pressing for freedom. “We’ve been moving and we continue to move. We’ve done protests and pushed for legal action that has led to the partial freedom of 80% of our people who are now on bail,” he said. “It’s not true that there hasn’t been action taken. We have a plan to take this struggle forward. Everyone of us shall come up with new strategies,” he added.

He also says the rift within the opposition is artificially created by the regime and its allies. “There’s no bickering between FDC and NUP. We have made it clear that we can work with any change seeking forces. We are like grasshoppers in a bottle. We cannot fight each other when the enemy will eat all of us at once,” he stated. “This is not about NUP, FDC, DP, ANT or any party. It’s a collective responsibility for every Ugandan to fight for change,” he added.

He says diaspora engagements are meant to compel the international community to cease funding and facilitating dictatorship in form of aid and donations. He also appealed to journalists to refrain from spreading divisive propaganda regarding the relationship between NUP and other opposition parties.

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