In a surprising political move, former Jinja East Constituency MP, Paul Mwiru, has officially switched political allegiances, leaving his former party, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), to join the National Unity Platform (NUP), the main opposition party in Uganda. This move was announced during a radio talk show in the Busoga sub-region, Jinja district, where NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi was a guest.
The shift in allegiance by Mwiru, a seasoned politician and respected figure in the Jinja East Constituency, is viewed as a significant development in the Ugandan political scene. It comes at a time when the opposition is intensifying efforts to dislodge the long-serving President Yoweri Museveni.
During the radio show, Mwiru confirmed his new alignment with NUP and expressed his readiness to work closely with his new party leader, Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine. “I am ready to work with Bobi Wine to build the party structures,” Mwiru stated, further outlining his determination to ensure that Museveni is ousted from power.
Mwiru’s move to NUP is expected to bolster the party’s strength, especially in the Jinja region, given his influence and political clout. His experience and reputation could help NUP consolidate its hold in the region and possibly extend its influence throughout the country.
However, his departure is undoubtedly a blow to ANT, and it remains to be seen how the party will react and adjust to this setback. As the political landscape continues to evolve, observers are keenly watching to see how these shifts will impact the balance of power in the run-up to the next elections.
This political development underscores the dynamic nature of Ugandan politics, where allegiances can shift and reshape the political landscape. It is anticipated that Mwiru’s move to NUP from ANT will stir further reactions from other political players in the country and possibly trigger more defections.
As Mwiru embraces his new role in NUP, the Ugandan populace will be watching keenly to see how this development will influence the opposition’s strategy in their quest to unseat President Museveni.
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